Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A baby changes everything and putting things back into perspective....

I've been feeling bad about how I let the commercialism of Christmas really get to me this year. I guess because of how the last two years were I wanted to feel like I "could" get the girls whatever I and they wanted. So I just started buying things and didn't really budget. Now I didn't go hog wild but I went further than I should have and am feeling very convicted about it. By trying to make my kids happy I forgot about what I should really be teaching them.....that "a baby changes everything."

Have you heard the new song by Faith Hill, A Baby Changes Everything." Every time I hear it I just cry, in fact as I sit here just typing those words it makes me cry because truly Jesus did change everything, Hallelujah! I want to get my focus back on what this season really means love, time, hope and share that with my girls and those who don't yet know or believe that a baby changed everything so long ago and He still today wants to change their lives.

So from my sister-in-law a very timely Christmas look at 1 Corinthians 13.

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not share the true meaning of Christmas, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not demonstrate kindness to strangers, it profits me nothing.

If I attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

-Author Unknown
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13

5 comments:

Walking on Sunshine... December 10, 2008 at 9:49 AM  

That's beautiful!

Busy Mom in NJ December 10, 2008 at 11:31 AM  

Thanks for sharing that Sue. I love it and it really touched me.

Tara December 10, 2008 at 12:10 PM  

That is so beautiful...thanks for sharing and thank you for your kind words at my WW post. ♥

Blessings and Joy December 10, 2008 at 10:07 PM  

Thanks Sue. I've been wanting to blog something similar, but haven't been able to make the words work right...you did and the poem nailed it.

Liz December 10, 2008 at 11:31 PM  

Hit it on the nail for me, and what I've been going through lately. Thank you!

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