The Most Important Gift We Will Receive

The most important gift we will receive is found in the book of Luke.

Each year around December 1st, I start to get this really giddy and excited feeling, as I am sure most of you do too! There's such an anticipation for Christmas and the whole season surrounding it; putting up and decorating a tree, making your home look festive, gathering with friends and family, buying and wrapping presents for loved ones, and baking tasty treats all month long. There is so much packed into one month that sometimes we let it all pass buy and forget to take moments to dwell on why we celebrate Christmas, and what the meaning of this holiday really is about.

Have you ever seen the movie, The Grinch? I'm sure if you've watched any Christmas movies at all, you've seen this one. It's a classic story about the Grinch, the town outcast who hates Christmas and everything that it stands for, until he realizes the "true" meaning. Think big "Ah-HA!" moment. When he realizes Christmas is more than gifts and decorations he begins to see why it's such a special time of year. The same can be said in my life. It can be really easy to get caught up in the giving and receiving of gifts, who got what, who gave what, comparing traditions and celebrations, that we sort of forget why we even celebrate this time of year.

Every year the most important gift we will receive is found in the book of Luke. This chapter tells us the story of Jesus, the importance of his birth, and the hope we find in him not just this time of year, but every day. So during this busy season may it be on our hearts to think about how much He loves us, provides for us, and what he gave up for us. May that be the motivation behind how we treat and love others this season. To not be overly consumer with perfection, but to be present in each moment and really see everything that surrounds us as BIG blessings from Him. Enjoy time with family and friends, get excited over seeing your sister open her gifts, and be thankful for the good food on your table, but never forget that we celebrate Christmas because it marks the start of our story about the One who was born to save us.

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."
Luke 2:10