December 14, 2016 - Paul Stuke

I’m going to date myself with this story, but I’ll go ahead and tell it anyway. When I was a kid, we would videotape ourselves opening Christmas presents. Yes, videotape - as in VHS. I am not really sure why we did it other than video recorders had just come out and we wanted to record every moment of our lives. When I was about 12, I found one of our old Christmas tapes and popped it in the VHS player. It was a video of me at age five opening a Christmas gift from my parents. It was a baseball glove and a baseball. In the video, I looked at the gift for a second and then tossed it to the side, unimpressed with my parent’s gift. I probably had my eyes on another gift I REALLY wanted and was hoping to unwrap.

When I watched that videotape as a 12-year-old, it broke my heart. I realized I had been so unappreciative of the gift my parents had given me. I think we probably do that in our Christian journey as well. What gift is God giving you today that you aren’t going to fully appreciate for several years?

As we come into this Christmas season, I encourage you to focus on the gifts you need, not the gifts you want. Don’t wait seven years to look back and be thankful. Don’t constantly be looking for that bigger and better gift, but be aware of and content with the amazing gifts that God is blessing you with right now.

Most loving God, help us be aware of all that you fulfill in our lives. Help us recognize each moment as precious gifts and give thanks and feel your peace. Amen.

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