The Ultimate Christmas Present
” Mom, what do you want for Christmas?”
” I don’t know,” that was my answer. “What I need, I already got. And what I really want is not something you can afford.” I know this is not the answer my children are looking for, and even though I love getting presents, I really have no idea what I want.
Shopping for Christmas these days can be expensive and stressful. There are many times I have stood in the middle of the mall scratching my head and wondering what I should get for the people on my list. Somehow Christmas is being associated with gifts and can really put a huge dent in a person’s bank account as someone once said :
” Christmas is in my heart twelve months a year, and thanks to credit cards, it is on my Visa Card statement twelve months a year also.”
If we were to practice the spirit and meaning of Christmas, we should not be buying gifts for each other, after all Jesus is the Birthday Boy and shouldn’t He be the One getting all the presents? And for this exact reason, my late husband never liked buying Christmas gifts for the family and had left this up to me. Unlike me, he did not enjoy getting presents either because he thought it was a waste of money and most of all not the reason for Christmas. Every year he would sit and watch us attack our packages under the tree. All he had wanted was having his family around him.
So what can you give the Birthday Boy ? If it is hard to shop for my family, it is even harder to buy for Him. He is the King of all kings and everything is created by Him and for Him. What then can I give to Him? What is the ultimate present for the King?
My mind keeps going back to The Great Commandment, clearly it centers on the one thing that is most important to Him. ….LOVE….which is the reason why He came to earth humbly and why He suffered and died in humiliation. This is what He had commanded:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
This year I have had some tough lessons on love, and unfortunately I still haven’t got it right yet. As I reflect upon this year I concluded that for me, to love means:
forgiveness for those who have wronged me,
grace for those who oppose me,
honesty for the ones I am leading,
kindness for the weak,
patience for those who have faltered,
charity for those who are in need,
and for myself, respect, as I am created in His image.
And every time when I love like this, I feel His pleasure.