Can I tell you a secret?
Giving our kids what they want for Christmas is not one our parenting priorities.
We ask our children what they’d like to receive as a gift for Christmas, but we don’t have any intention of buying everything on their list or even their most-wanted item. They know this. They’re used to this. They understand this.
It’s not only because this isn’t financially feasible. We’ve been in seasons where we had an only child. We’d had two and three kids before. We haven’t always had a large family. No matter how many kids we have, we’ve always done it the same way.
We give gifts because they’re fun and because Christmas is a celebration, but presents aren’t the most important thing.
God didn’t send Jesus into the world to make sure our kids get every material thing they ever wanted.
Jesus was sent to show us (and our kids) that HE is everything we ever wanted.
Jesus himself is the gift.
I know we’ll never be able to impart this perfectly. I know we’ll never parent perfectly.
But I do know we’ll teach our kids until the day we die that our desire for things are never the most important thing.
We are not the most important thing.
The beautiful truth that the God of the universe sent His only Son as the sacrifice who would take our place in death is the most important thing. He loved us enough to die for us and invited us to partake in eternal life by His side if we simply believe.
This is the gift.
How are we imparting this to our children this Christmas?
This part isn’t caught, it must be taught.
Giving them every little thing they desire doesn’t send this message.
Keeping quiet hoping our children see something good in us doesn’t send this message.
Going to church doesn’t send this message.
We must share it with words. But first we must believe it ourselves.
This Christmas, is God asking us to be bold and share this beautiful truth with our children and perhaps make a change to live this truth ourselves?
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