Enjoying the Gift or Playing with the Wrapping Paper?

IMG_2685Boxes, gift wrap, and ribbons are apparently endlessly entertaining to toddlers.  Who needs gifts?  We should just wrap boxes for young children and let them play!

We adults are amused by this, because we know the difference between a gift and its packaging. 

Or do we?

My December to-do list is dominated by the wrappings of Christmas: decorating, shopping, Christmas cards, baking, and wrapping.  I love doing it all, for I truly want to joyfully, energetically and memorably celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with my family and friends.

But if I’m not careful, I am just like a toddler playing with the wrapping paper while ignoring the Gift.

Are you enjoying the Gift of Jesus this Christmas season, or are you a little distracted by all the pretty wrapping paper?

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  1. A girlfriend of mine has wrapped a small box and put in on her kitchen window ledge to reminder her that Jesus is a gift in her life. “But to all who did receive him, (opened his gift), who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. John 1:12

  2. Age is a blessing. For the last decade or so, we have gone to one of our five son’s homes for Christmas, so the ‘trappings’ are much fewer than they were when the boys came here. Now, I try to do a little at a time with regards to shopping, wrapping etc so it doesn’t seem to ‘take over’ from the more important.

    Have a happy CHRISTmas.

  3. Hmmm, Judy–quite possibly I’ve been “amidst the flurry of wrappings”, but I am slowing down–even as my joyful heart speeds up with excited anticipation! Once again, you’ve said things so well! Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas! God bless you Big–love, sis Caddo

    1. And I wish you a very blessed Christmas, Caddo! I’m still “flurrying” a bit, but hopefully with a restful and joyful heart:). Wishing big blessings back to you, and a joyful Christmas celebration too! Judy

  4. Hi Judy! I really enjoy your posts and they have helped me understand what a gift we have in believing in God. It is really difficult for me to deal with my issues at this special time of year. I love reading your posts, as it really helps me to remember to have “faith.” Merry Christmas, Judy!

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words, Barb, and I pray that The Lord would increase your faith and that you would know His love, peace and joy as you celebrate Christmas. I know that Christmas is a hard time for many people – everything seems intensified. You are wise to seek Him, for in him you will have peace. Christmas blessings to you, Barb!

  5. It’s a perpetual struggle to keep my mind on things above, not on earthly things. A moment by moment choice, actually. But the call to God’s heart and mind is always there. I want to respond throughout my day, “Here I am.” Thanks for continued honest and practical posts. And Merry Christmas!

    1. My goal today is to have a restful heart even as I scramble through the last minute Christmas “wrappings.” It’s not easy for me. Thankfully I have the Gift of his help! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sue!

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