I hope Christmas morning was a wonderful time for you and your family. It was the first year I can remember having to wake my children up on Christmas morning. This is a true sign we’ve crossed over to the teenage years. We gathered to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and have a moment of prayer before the chaos began.
Our children, being older, have become very creative in their wrapping and gift giving. Sam sent his father on a scavenger hunt throughout the house for his Christmas gift. It was great fun.
Today we’ve spent the morning packing up the Christmas decorations and cleaning the house. It is always much more fun to decorate and prepare for Christmas than it is to clean up after it. It is the anticipation of something to come that spurs us on in our work when we are decorating. When you take things down and begin packing them up, it is easy to assume there is nothing left to anticipate. However, if Jesus is the reason for the season, as we all like to say, then every day should bring with it anticipation because every day, we have the opportunity to focus on Him, spend time with Him and work with Him. So, today are you taking the opportunity given to you?
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” When our focus is in the right place, every day can bring the joy of Christmas and reap more gifts than we could possibly open. Let the fun begin…