Christmas was a lot of fun, wasn’t it? But now, it’s time to calm down and say thank you. How can we do so?
Well, if an immediate family member gave you gifts, you can always walk up to him/her and say a big hearty thank you. You can call your aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins, telling them also thank you. Or you can give a card to your friends saying thank you.
I know, this devotional sounds like it’s for toddlers, but saying thank you is something that we all forget to say. When one cleans the room, when one passes the stuffing, and whatnot, we don’t always say thanks.
Don’t forget to say thank you to God for all the good he has done for you. You know, he’s done so much for us, and we should continually give him thanks. He gave us our every breath, and we should be glad we can even wiggle our fingers. We can smell, we can do so much . . . only with his help. Thank you, God!
Now that we have gifts, we put them to good use by dropping the plates to the floor, tossing the $250 toy out from the 7th floor, by chewing on the eraser, and by jumping on the table. Wait, no! Those are ways we abuse the gift given to us. We put food on the plates, we take care of the toy, we erase our mistakes from our pencil, and use the table for when we work or eat.
One of the best gifts we have ever received is the gift of salvation. One of the benefits of being a Christian is not going to hell and that should be a big motivation to evangelize to people. We want to tell others about our gift that they, too, can receive.
But with our gift of salvation, we might abuse it. A few ways of abusing our faith and testimony is by marrying a non-Christian, smoking and taking drugs, or doing some other stupid thing.
We can use our gifts to help others. Yes, I did say evangelizing is one way, but that is not the only way. We can share what God has done in our lives.
God has given us gifts that are our talents. I love to write and I thank God for that talent and I try to honor him with that talent of mine.
Please God with your gifts and thank him for them.
Again, thank you, God, so very much for everything!
It was a snowy December day here in Dinkytown. The kids in house #11 were eating breakfast when they heard a knock on the door.
The mom yelled from the other room, “I’m too tired to answer the door. You go get it, Dan”
The person who was knocking on the door now was also verbally saying “Knock, knock” because he was standing there freezing in the cold.
The oldest child, Dan, who was 9, was frustrated that the person couldn’t wait during the delay and he told the person in the cold, “I heard you knock, knock! You don’t have to say knock knock when you knock knock you knock knocker!”
“Who is it?”
“It’s the mailman!”
Dan opened the door. “Is it a package for me?” he asked curiously, forgetting the fact that he was in his jammies and was freezing from the cold.
“Um, no. I can’t find house #24. Do you know where it is?”
Just then, Callie and Amy, Dan’s 5-year-old twin sisters, took the box from the mailman and jumped into their cannon and pulled Dan in. Dan pushed a button and they were shot across town over the snowman in the middle of the town towards house #24.
Well, not really “over” the snowman. They grazed the side of the head, and while the head fell off the snowbody, they made it safely over to house #24. They rang the doorbell and Micah opened the door and pulled them into the warmth of his house.
“What did you bring for me?” Micah, who was nine like Dan, asked excitedly.
Before Dan could reply, Amy pulled the box out of Micah’s reach. “No guarantee that this box is for you!”
“Yeah!” Callie replied. She usually just copied Amy. “It could be for your mom or dad!”
Micah smiled and changed the subject, “Wanna watch TV with me?”
“Sure!” was the resounding cry.
They gathered eagerly on the couch just as the commercials started.
“You missed the most amazing thing!” Micah said excitedly. “One of Santa’s elves was a bad egg and switched the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ list! Now Santa’s delivering gifts to the bad kids!”
“Wow!” Callie said breathlessly.
After a very long and boring commercial about a blender that didn’t make any sense, a man dressed like Santa announced, “This is the one, the toy that you’ve been after! It’s plenty of fun and the cost doesn’t matter!”
“Didn’t I hear that on YouTube or something like that before?” Dan mumbled.
“I am presenting to you . . . Screwdriver Kevin the Robot!”
“Ohhhh!” The kids said as their eyes grew.
“He has a screwdriver on his left hand and if you ask him, he’ll tell you what the true meaning of Christmas is. Screwdriver Kevin, what is the true meaning of Christmas?”
“Christmas means getting a new car!”
“Great! What else?”
“Christmas is about eating candy and opening presents.”
“Amazing! So, what can you tell the kids watching this?”
“Garrett Vandenburg has more toys than you!”
“So go ahead and buy him! It’s not all that expensive, just $1,027.51!”
The TV show all forgotten, the kids ran in different directions.
Micah ran to his parents and asked, “Can I have a car for Christmas?”
Dan, Callie, and Amy ran out of the house, trying not run into the other whining kids in the street, and ran into their home.
Dan ran to his dad, “I need Screwdriver Kevin for Christmas.”
Amy whined to her very tired mom, “Garrett Vandenburg has more toys than me!”
“Who’s Garrett Vandenburg?” her mother wondered.
“But I want more candy!” Callie yelled.
“And that’s the true meaning of Christmas! WHHHAAAHHHH!” both girls cried.
It took the rest of the day to calm all the kids in town.
But there was one who was enjoying the show. The toy maker who made Screwdriver Kevin, Mr. Berkley, was watching them in his tall tower. He laughed so hard that one of the robots that he made got so scared that he jumped out of the window and ran away. He wasn’t looking where he was running that he tripped over a rock and rolled down the hill.
The next day, Micah and his parents went sledding. After they had sled for over an hour, Micah’s dad said, “All right, one more ride down. Let’s go higher up the hill so we can have a long ride down.”
Micah leap for joy and started running up the hill as his parents tried to keep up with him.
After Micah’s dad boosted off the sled, Micah cheered as they went faster and faster down the hill.
Then, the sled mysteriously tipped over.
What will happen? How the sled tip over? Will anyone get hurt? Why are you even reading this story? Well, come back for part two of this story!
Everyone during Christmas time
Stops for a moment to rhyme.
So stop what you're doing right now
And listen to this rhyme form Blimey Cow!
Why does everyone rhyme during Christmas time?
Here is the catchiest Christmas video I've ever heard. Try to stop singing it before Valentine's Day or your valentine will think you are crazy. True story, I was singing this song in September.
The days are getting closer to Christmas and the anticipation for that wonderful day is high! We have been waiting for so long to see what is inside those wrapped presents.
The Jews were waiting for many, many years for the Messiah to come. They were hoping to be freed from their enemies. But when Jesus would save them, he would do so in a different way.
Imagine this: you spend time searching for the right present, buying and wrapping it. Then when you give it, the recipient doesn’t care about the effort that went into it, and doesn’t care that someone thought of him. That would be very sad.
Yet, that’s what happened. When Jesus came, many didn’t open themselves to the truth. Their stubborn hearts weren’t open to the truth. They remained cold. Why? Because it wasn’t what they wanted. They wanted a king who would save them from their earthly enemies, but Jesus was the King of kings. An earthly king would have saved them from Rome, but Jesus saved us from our sins. An earthly king would save them temporarily, but Jesus saved us for eternity.
Sometimes the truth isn’t always what we wanted. And sometimes the gift isn’t always what we wanted. Sometimes the truth is harder to accept than we imagined it to be. We should accept the truth, even if it’s not what we hoped it would be. God thought of us and wanted to save us. It is the best gift of all. Jesus is the gift that God sent to us.
Note: My dad helped a lot in the editing of this devotion. Thank you!