Saturday, December 11, 2010

The REAL reason for the season!

There's no doubt about it, this is the BEST time of the year! However, it can also be the busiest. This year I have vowed no to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season that I forget the real reason for the season, Jesus!

I found this online one year and loved it:

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 

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 show love to my family, 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 show love to my family, it profits me nothing. 

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend 
a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not 
focus on Christ, I have missed the point. 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. 
Love sets aside 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, endures all 
Love never fails. 
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. 
But giving the gift of love will endure. 

"Go tell it on the mountain! Jesus Christ is born!!!"

Merry Christmas!