Today I was snuggled on my couch, coffee brewing, snow and wind blowing hard outside, Christmas tree lit, and I was reading The Purpose of Christmas when I came across a part in the book that stopped me cold. It was an "aha!" moment.
It said this: "What, this past year, are you thankful to God for?" and "Since it's Jesus' birthday, what gift will you give him this next year?". These 2 questions really made me stop and think. I've made an effort this Christmas to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas, but I've never thought about what I'm going to give God this next year. Honestly, I've thought about what I want God to give me! I've really got it backwards, don't I? It's so easy to get caught in that trap of asking God for this, or asking Him for that.
I'm taking those questions very seriously. I know that I am thankful for my family, my husband, God, etc. But I am thankful for the times when I have been hurt, disappointed, and sad, because they have shown me that in my weakness, I am made strong. I am thankful for any struggles in my life because they give me a reason to hope. ANd although I have several things that I want to give to Jesus in the upcoming year, the one thing that stands out most is FAITH. Unwavering faith. Solid faith. 100% faith.