The Greatest Gifts Can’t Be Placed Under a Tree

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11

I remember when I was a child filling out my Christmas list each year. I would take it to Santa in the hopes that on Christmas morning my most coveted toy would be waiting for me under the tree. A new doll. A Barbie Dream House, A new CD player. My very own phone! The latest and greatest toy or gadget. Some of the coveted gifts I received, but others I did not. And there were also some Christmases I would wake in anticipation only to be disappointed at what I found under that ole pine.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

I no longer make a list each year and take it to Santa of all the “things” I want to find under my tree. I do give a list or two to family members with grown-up wishes such as fuzzy slippers, pajamas, or Starbucks gift cards. Among the grown-up list of Christmas goodies, I find myself desiring all the things that can’t be wrapped and put under the tree.

I desire a night snuggled under a blanket with a good book.

I desire cuddle sessions with my littles while watching cheesy movies.

I desire taking the time to play a family card game, and letting my kids win!

I desire late night conversations with my teen, my husband; or hour long phone conversations with my mom.

I want to spend more time gathered around the dinner table with family members-laughing, giggling, joking, and enjoying good conversation, and great company.

I want to be more intentional about making time for friends both close and far away.

I want to love people more. Show more compassion. More empathy. Reach out to those in need. Touch the lives of those around me whether it is with a smile, a kind word, encouragement, or some other gesture.

I desire to slow down, do less, and enjoy the simple pleasure of life.

I desire joy, peace, love, happiness, forgiveness, kindness, all the things that can’t be found under a Christmas tree.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Most of all, I desire to see the Lord in every circumstance, inconvenience, and blessing in my life. I want to recognize his presence all around me-not just on Christmas, but everyday, because He has given us a gift that could never be placed under any Christmas tree. His Son. The One who was born to die for me, for you, for all. The One who isn’t found on most lists given to Santa each year.

The One who was born to save. Our greatest gift of all. Jesus.

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