Gee! another Christmas season is once again rolling around. I wonder what I will get this year. That is all too often our reaction to this time of year, but is there something we might be missing? When I was a child, my list was already ready in advance, but as an adult, there is very little that I put on a list. Am I just getting old or am I finally realizing that there is only one gift that I really desire – one that only one person can give – the ability to honor my Creator and the lover of my soul with the life I have to give in return.
As children many of us grew up with the story of a silent night when a Savior was born in a stable in a manger filled with hay for the resident animals. It has always been a story of the season, but hopefully a realization of life, a life that was always meant to be. Our God knew we were slow learners, but He hoped life as lived would begin to show us that there was more to our graciously given lives than we could understand and appreciate except over time. We were not meant to be simply a sweet picture of what life could be, but a serious and well-planned example of what our Creator originally intended.
How can we know and appreciate the hope and plans He has for each of us except over time as we learn and grow. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we seem to make our plans way ahead of time and as we in our human minds conceive of a glorious and financially well laid out effort. Yes, I realize that we have been programmed with certain talents and desires, but is our goal the same as our Father intended? I doubt many of us really consider just why we were created and how many actually fulfill our Creator’s plan for our lives. Funny, as time passes and growth occurs we may strive more diligently to walk in that plan, but then again when something exciting crosses our paths we often consider a small side track. Hmm! I wonder how often that turns out to be the fulfilling life our Father planned. Is there a better way, a way that brings us more joy than we could have anticipated along with its originally planned fulfillment? Maybe that is something we should consider before we can no longer backtrack.
We know that Jesus did not come to this earth to simply exist. He came with a purpose – to be an example of what our Heavenly Father originally desired – a world made up of children who would love and enjoy each other and be thankful for our creation and willing to achieve our purpose. We all are familiar with the words –In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). He didn’t do it on a rainy day when He had nothing else to do; He had a purpose then and later when we begin to understand that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). All good things require a beginning heart’s desire. Perhaps we should look at life from the perspective of God’s thoughts. What will we give the One who loves us so very much as we approach the season of His greatest gift – a Lord who would actually give His life to fulfill His Father’s purpose.
I would be true for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
Merry Christmas, sweet Lord! I will work harder at being what you created me to be for I truly do care and I want more than anything to fulfill the purpose for which You created me.