My Dear Family,
There are three words often heard at this time of year that strike fear into the hearts of the bravest of parents: “Some assembly required.” Beth has now grown beyond the stage where every Christmas gift needs to be constructed using tools thinner than sewing needles by the skillful, unwavering hands of a neurosurgeon, but I still hear her ask on Christmas morning, “Daddy, why are your hands bandaged and packed in ice?” I remember one swing set. The package said “Any ordinary idiot can easily assemble”. I am happy to report that I am not your ordinary idiot…apparently I am king of idiots! I bought that swing for Beth’s second Christmas, and I hope to have it assembled when she turns twenty-three next year.
I can’t help but wonder what God thought when He created us. Did He notice the “Some assembly required” notice? Psalm 139 tells us “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” After God created you, he gave you the most wonderful Christmas gift, a Savior – John 3:16 (NIV) 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. We know of God’s gift, but what are you giving God for Christmas? That’s the very question asked in Micah 6:6-8 when the prophet Micah asked “Just what is it that God really wants from us? What should we be offering to God?” We find the gift God wants is simply –you! He wants you to act justly. He wants you to love mercy. He wants you to walk humbly with your God.” My friend, God simply wants you.
During this Christmas when it seems there just isn’t enough of you to go around, don’t forget to save some of “you” for God. It’s all He wants.
May God Richly Bless You,