Well it is Christmas day and all the gifts have been unwrapped, The kids are now busily playing with their gifts…no wait they aren’t playing with their gifts they’re playing with the boxes and bows…oh my. All that money spent on gifts and the kids find the box flaps more interesting than the $60..00 toy. Now may be the time to reevaluate what you get for your kids next year. Maybe some boxes lovingly wrapped? I don’t know but there is plenty of time to think about it next year.
One of my favorite Christmas stories is Dicken’s, “A Christmas Carol,” which as most of you know is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser who loves his money more than anything. After being visited by three ghost Scrooge has a change of heart and becomes warm and caring. In our society to be called a Scrooge means to be called someone who doesn’t care about anything. At this time of year it is not hard to become a Scrooge because of all the over commercialism of Christmas. The key to get through the season is to focus on Jesus and though I hate to use a cliched quote, “The Reason for the Season.”
Our view of Christmas changes as we age. As a child we see the magic of Christmas all around us as we eagerly await the arrival of Santa. As we age we learn the truth of the red suited one but still know feel the joy of the season. As we enter adulthood our view of Christmas starts to change because of the hustle and bustle of the holiday.
Then one day we become parents and start to see the magic of Christmas through our children’s eyes. That is until they grow up and leave the nest but then they have children of their own. So then in grandparent mode the cycle begins a third time as we see Christmas through our grandchildren’s eyes.
We also learn as we grow that the magic of Christmas is not found in the getting but in the giving to one and all, not in gifts but in joy.
I think in life we spend so much time looking and tending to the big things that we forget to spend some time looking for and enjoying the little things which are all around. You know the small things which God has sprinkled all around His creation. Things like the soft orange glow of a sunrise or sunset, a soft breeze blowing through the trees or the way a small child lights up at Christmas time. The little things are all around us so take the time to enjoy them.
I have discovered the older I get the more life is not about accumulating stuff but is more about family. Each day that goes by we need to grab hold of those we love and cherish and celebrate life together. So as the holidays rapidly approach spend time with those who matter.
I don’t usually do this but i decided to make today’s drawing a collaborative effort. In my day to day I work with high school age children one of which as you can see is a Charlie Brown fan. I thought I would draw the child a cartoon character of my own. The student then took my drawing and turned it into a pseudo Charlie Brown painting. In life there are some things which make you smile. For me it the little things I do for others, not to get any recognition or accolades but because it is part of my heritage as a Christian. I think if we all did the little things for others the world would start to be a better place/
Today’s offering is a quick drawing entitled, Talk, Talk, Talk. Have you ever been stuck in one of those times when someone you know just will not stop talking. I know I have. These are the moments when you just want to walk away but just can’t. We all need to self monitor our speech. The Bible says in Proverbs 17:28 that, “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” Silence I have always heard is golden and there are sure a lot of times when it is but there are also times when you need to speak up, just don’t lecture