Monday Musings 05/12/11
I don’t know if I am the only one who does this, but each year I like to track the first Christmas commercial of the season on television. This year I saw the first one in the last week of October. Give me a break!
There is kind of an unwritten rule in the Mann household. The decorations and Christmas music do not come out until December 1st. For those who would say “bah humbug” (whatever that means?), I kind of like the tradition. It gives us something to look forward to and allows us to enjoy the season for a whole month without wearing out the routine.
So, this past week, our home has been filled with the music of the season. Saturday the tree came out, Christmas balls were hung from ceiling lamps around the home, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
To top it all off, we were together with our kids last night for Stephanie’s birthday party. What a terrific pre-Christmas gift, having our children in our home gathered around the Christmas tree.
I have preached a message over the last couple of weeks called “Jesus, Be the Center of My Life”, using Colossians 1:18 as the text: “…so that in everything He (Christ) might have the supremacy”. In the message, I draw a comparison between making stuff the center of our lives versus making Jesus the center of all we do. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like “stuff” as much as the next person. The “big kid” comes out in me on Christmas day. My idea of stuff puts more of an emphasis on electronics than it does clothes (sorry kids), but I will not refuse either.
Here’s the point. I looked at my kids last night at the birthday party and realized that any amount of stuff MJ and I may give them will not last. Their memories of me will not be based on the “stuff”, but on the love, encouragement and Christ-centered heritage that we can impart to them. Wow, that carries a lot more responsibility than stuff!
This Christmas season, enjoy the trimmings, the sounds and the “stuff”, but remember to keep Jesus in the center of all you do, because He is the center of your joy!
Happy birthday Stephanie. Stay fresh, stay sweet and keep Jesus as the center of all that you do!
Until next Monday…
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