Whose Birthday Is It?
I remember one Christmas busying about in preparation for the holidays when I explained to our son whose birthday we were celebrating. He posed the question that more than a few Christian kids have asked: What were we giving to the One who had the birthday?
To have something physical to give Jesus, we cut out a paper heart, wrapped it, and placed it under the tree. Like the song goes…”I’ll give Him my heart.”
That’s a good beginning for kids. But how about you? How about actually giving Jesus a gift this Christmas that you know He will really love? But hold on. Let me tell you a story first.
Writing Down the Value of Others
Years ago I was told this interesting story. It influenced me to the point that we actually did this on a family get-together and our adult kids were really impacted. Maybe you could try it this year:
You give everyone in the group a piece of paper. Ask them to write the names of everyone in the group down the left side leaving space after each name. Next, you ask them to write down one characteristic they appreciate about each person they have listed.
After everyone is finished, collect the papers. Cut the papers to separate the names and their appreciation notes from other names with their notes. Then compile all the appreciation notes of one person into a pile, and give that person their pile.
Watch the eagerness, and sometimes unbelief, on their faces. Tears may come. Take some time to go around the room and let each person read the comments that were written about them.
It may seem like a small thing to do, but it is amazing how many will want to save those little papers. In the story I heard, one person put his papers in his wallet and when he died years later they found them on him. Another person put the notes in her diary, others in a safe place of memories.
Writing Down God’s Value on a Scroll
So, back to the gift idea. How about this Christmas giving a th(i)nkful gift to the Lord in writing down “a scroll of thanks.” You can do this by yourself or do it together as a family or as a group gathered at a Christmas party.
Take a piece of paper. Give careful thought and write out five characteristics that you love about your God. Take your time and use words that describe the attribute well. Next, write out five things that He has done this year for which you’re thankful.
So, five about who He is, and five about what He has done. Roll up the paper, tie it with a beautiful Christmas ribbon, and put it under the tree. This is an actually physical gift that you can give to the Lord on the day we celebrate His birthday.
A Merry Christmas to all of you from South Africa where summer is really heating up. May the Lord give you the grace to be truly th(i)nkful this holiday season for His coming, His presence, His meticulous Providence, and His embarrassing goodness to us. We are most blessed!
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35