Friday, December 25, 2009

Giving and Receiving

I loved Christmas growing up as a kid for one reason...PRESENTS!!! I loved combing through the pages of the Christmas catalogs and dreaming about the possibility of seeing some of those toys end up under the tree on Christmas morn.

As I grew older, I started to take as much joy and pleasure in planning out and hunting down the perfect gifts for those in my life that I'm closest to. I love finding those perfect gifts that will truly show people that I care and I want that gift to make their face light up.

I think about today. The picture of my daughter's face as she received an Easy-Bake Oven, the gift she had been dreaming about and talking about for months, was a beautiful thing. She beamed with joy and excitement.

I think about this time of year, the celebration of God sending the perfect gift to mankind, His one and only son, Jesus. A lot of planning went into the gift. It's the perfect gift that would bring us true joy. It's the gift that we truly need.

I think about my reaction as I'm confronted with this gift. Does it bring me great joy? Do I sense the need? Does it spark that "awe" factor in me? Do I beam? Sadly, the answer is not always.

This is a pretty disjointed rambling, but it all comes down to this: God I am truly thankful for your gift of Jesus. I know I don't always show it, but my desire is to be continually in awe of You and Your gift of love. I know that in a few months time the Easy-Bake Oven will be a forgotten memory sitting on my daughter's shelf that is only pulled out on occasion. May it never be with me and the gift You gave.

1 comment:

  1. Shane, it may be disjointed rambling, but it does say alot. I think we all have that problem of some times not feeling the awesomeness of God's gift to us. Keep trying, keep growing, keep striving to reach the potential He wishes for us.......
    Craig Fausett