We survived another Christmas … YAY!!
I got several requests to post the next three entries (that I did on my radio segment earlier this month) on my BLOG, so here is the first one (the next two will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday):
The Gift of Love
Tis the season … yes, the season for giving and baking, singing Christmas carols and sending Christmas cards, participating in Christmas plays and pageants, cantatas and concerts, Santa pictures at the mall, decorating the house and trimming the tree, school and office parties, white elephants, OH MY! Then, many of you will be trying to figure out which child is spending what day and whose house during this busy season!
It seems like every year I tell myself that I’m going to scale back and truly enjoy Christmas time. Reality is that I get about two hours to relax and enjoy – and that is after the presents have been opened and the food has all been prepared and I’m exhausted!
So, before we, as moms, go into hyper drive, I want to remind you of the most precious gift you will ever receive – the gift of Jesus and His love. John 3:16 tells us “God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, Jesus, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God loves you. He doesn’t say that you have to be perfect. In fact, Romans 5:8 says that “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That includes me. That includes you.
His love is not based on your life – His love is based on the mere fact that He created you and that alone makes you precious. You were created for His glory and His purpose. Isn’t that an amazing thought – your life is for God’s glory and purpose. So how can you live that out today? This season?
John 13:34 says, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” That’s the beauty of the gift God gave you … it can just go on and on. God loves you, therefore, go love the ones God has placed in your realm – even the exes and the stepchildren and the in-laws.
1 John 4:19 tells us that “we love because He first loved us.” God didn’t expect us to figure out how to love on our own – He showed us first. This love came as a gift. There is nothing you can do to earn it. There is nothing you can do to lose it. This gift is Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. As with any gift, you have to accept it – take it – in order to own it.
Make sure that you don’t let this season of celebrating be for naught – make sure that before you give and bake and do and wrap – you receive the greatest gift you will ever own and the greatest gift you will ever give. God loves you.