Presents, parties, and priorities (12/9/02)

What are we suppose to be doing this Christmas season?  Our activities reveal our hearts.  I heard that Walmart received 1.4 billion dollars from sales in just one day – the Friday after Thanksgiving!  All that money in less than a 24-hour period–that is amazing!  And to think that on that particular Friday, I was in the wild-eyed masses, contributing to the spending.  Also, my kids and I enjoyed sitting in the snack bar, munching on fries and watching the eccentric crowds of people.  Consumer chaos buzzed everywhere.

But really, what is Christmas about?  Consider the shepherds of old from the gospel of Luke.  “And when they had seen, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.”  The Babe gripped the shepherds’ hearts; they spread the news abroad.

So what can we do?

My wife works at the local hospital, and she reminded me again of the upcoming nurses’ Christmas party next week.  I inwardly groaned, but then she gently reminded me of the opportunity to spread the “glad tidings”.

She’s right.  In the midst of shopping for deals and attending parties, we have one priority.  Like the shepherds, we share with others the wonder of the Savior.


About Todd Wood

I am a servant of Jesus in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Join me in seeking Jesus in this city.
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