December 25 – A Gift
It seems as though it would be fitting for the topic today to be Christ-related, right? I mean afterall, it is Christmas Day. But, I have a different message laying on my heart today, and I believe the timing is no coincidence.
You are a gift.
In case you needed to hear that today, you are a treasured gift. Your value is immeasurable. Your worth is greater than all the riches of the earth. And your existence…you…you were planned for and bought with a life.
You are known and unique and the Lord has shaped destiny around your very being. He loves you so much that He sent His only Son to come to this world as a baby, and that baby would grow into a man whose heart was to teach you and train you for the life that the Father had so delicately planned for you. The Son would then die for you, defeat death for you, come back to life for you, and then leave His Holy Spirit to dwell in and among you, so that you would be a champion in this place.
He thinks that you are such a gift to this world that He went to great lengths to prove it.
Several times over the course of my life, I have faced rejection by someone whose opinions mattered so much to me. I’m sure you’ve walked that road, too. I took a risk and exposed a vulnerable part of my heart only to be met with a response I had feared in the first place. The hurt struck deep, and the embarrassment was like a snag in my favorite sweater – an unexpected reminder of my shortcomings that wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
I could have replied with transparency, exposing my wounded feelings, but instead, I let it settle and I laid it at His feet. I could do this, because He showed me something about myself through the rejection…
My value, the value of my writings, the value of my mind and heart, the value of my time…they are not measured by any other humans. They are measured by the Lord of Lords. Everything I put my hand to, everything you put your hand to, is unto Him. When I started to see that, the sting faded and my confidence was restored.
During the holidays we spend a great deal of time with others, and in doing so, we obviously increase the odds that someone may hurt our hearts. Maybe it’s a snide comment, or perhaps it’s something said in jest but goes deep… Maybe it’s being made to feel “less than” or not “good enough” by the people in your life that you most want approval from… Maybe you just feel unnoticed, unappreciated or overlooked…
Regardless, you are a gift. Your life is a gift to this world, and your talents and passions are uniquely your own. Remember today, as you give and receive, He gave first and all that we are is a gift back to Him.
Klover House Christmas:
For the first half of our married life, my husband and I spent hours in the car on Christmas Day driving from place to place, visiting family. My parents divorced decades ago, so that obviously multiplied the stops. Several years ago, in order to spend a longer amount of uninterrupted time together, my husband’s parents started the tradition of having our family Christmas celebration the weekend before Christmas. Not only does that give us the wonderful extra time for Christmas fellowship, it also gives us one less stop to make on Christmas Day. Over the past few years, things have also shifted on my side of the family. Old traditions and annual gatherings have faded away with the passing of grandparents.
Now, we spend most of the day at our own home. There are a few hours of “nothing to do” and “no one to see” in our day, and so, it felt a little strange at first but wonderful. Usually, holidays feel so rushed for our family; however, we now find ourselves actually spending time with one another – imagine that!
While it was slightly awkward at first, because it was unfamiliar, I loved being able to enjoy some spontaneity with our children. Once my in-laws head on their way following our annual breakfast together, we have a decent stretch of time before my mother and step-dad arrive, so we open a few new toys and actually let the kids play!
All that to say…don’t be afraid to have downtime on Christmas. Yes, it’s important to visit with loved ones and squeeze a lot of doing and seeing into this glorious day, but if you can, carve a pocket of time out to just sit and be – reserve time for hanging out with your spouse and your kids or for sipping a cup of coffee next to your tree. And just breathe. Create a chance to take in the gift of the day.