How many times have you wished your loved ones, friends, neighbors, or co-workers a Merry Christmas? And you meant it! But what about your heart? Is it merry? Do peace and contentment reign in your heart and mind?
This time of year, too often, we are focused on gifts—the ones we want to receive and/or the quest to purchase the perfect gifts that will make our loved ones happy. What is on your Christmas list? Is there a special gift that will make your Christmas morning merry? Can your gift be purchased from Kmart or must it be from Macy’s. Would you be content with a handmade sweater or a jar of freshly made peach preserves?
I’m serious, give this some thought? What will make your Christmas merry? The Wise Men did not purchase their gifts from the closest Bethlehem Walmart. They brought the most precious gifts they had—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Does your child really need an iPod Touch or the precious gift of your time? Would your father or mother rather have a Fruit of the Month club coupon or a phone call or a family portrait with a note from each grandchild? We often select gifts that will satisfy the soul (our mind, will, and emotions). Too often, in our mind, we think we need a Kindle or a cashmere sweater. Our emotions tell us that we simply must have the latest Iphone or video game system. But our spirit longs for heart connections. When the Wise Men saw the star, they were filled with joy because it was going to lead them to the Christ Child. They sought the heart of God first and then presented gifts. Seek to touch the heart of your loved ones first and foremost, and then any gift you give will be precious because it came from you.
Seeking to make wise decisions, Linda