Can someone please tell me where November went? I mean wasn’t it just yesterday that we had summer vacation? This Sunday Advent begins. I have planned Advent activities for the family for years. And well, it was fun and meaningful. But my kids are not “kids” anymore…..One is a full fledged driver license carrying teenager and the other is a preteen, right smack in the middle of awkwardness.
So now, Advent is gonna have to be turned up a notch…..especially in the activities area. So, I really have to step back and rethink how we are going to celebrate Advent…..teenage style!
I don’t know…. maybe I am just being a little Bible thumping….. but is it just me or has Christmas lost it’s worth? Hang on…. hear me out. Or better watch this little video….
Did you see how many 0’s were in that number??? My teens are at the age where commercialism and materialism becomes a focus. In the past, I emphasized how to rethink Christmas giving……something homemade, recycled, or even limiting the number we shower our kids with to 3….. like Jesus received. Yes, I threw a lot of Jesus in my advent planning but I never actually thought of the worth of Christmas.
What exactly is the worth of Christmas? Gifts? A meal? Credit Cards? The best deal? Or is it Worship…… worshiping Christ. See when we go all materialistic we are robbed of our worth. It becomes an idol, something we give power, other than God. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find myself only worshiping God in church. That’s why we have Advent services in church and a Christmas eve service…… I mean that is putting Christ back in Christmas, right?
So what does worship really mean to you? That’s the real question. I want my kids to understand that Christmas isn’t just a time of year but a lifestyle worth living. I want them to appreciate, to have gratitude, and to see Christ around them….. to feel it and to express it. I don’t want it to be watered down to just singing a few hymns and going to church so we can cross that off our to-do list……Christ in Christmas, CHECK!
Anyone with me? Isn’t it about time we put down the credit cards and pick up the idea that we are truly God’s servants? I want my family’s worship, showing of reverence, to be reserved only for Him……not long lines, wrapping paper, and decorations.
So, how do I do that? Not put up the tree? No gifts? Hmmmm….. guess I need to reevaluate what gifts mean to us. Is it something or someone? Is it a service or something to receive? Is it filled with honor and gratitude or is it just something to give so we feel nice because it is expected?
I have probably thumped enough for today….. just think about what Christmas is worth to you and your family, and then come visit tomorrow for some ideas that might be inspiring…..