Written by Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC, Author
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Psalm 84:10 (NKJV)—“10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
“What do you want for Christmas this year?” was a common question my parents asked me growing up around this time of year. With both my parents now gone, Thanksgiving was a bit different this year, and no doubt, Christmas too will have a different feel. Passing up the Christmas card section this year where I have always stopped to pick out that one special card for Mom and/or Dad each year pricks my heart. Yet I rejoice knowing they are with my Lord and Savior where the cares of this world can no longer affect them.
Unlike a lot of people I don’t have a Christmas wish list compiled. What’s more important to me than material possessions is having peace and harmony in my home. The best Christmas gift I could experience this year is being with my husband and having a deeper walk with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about catching the Christmas spirit. Well, to be honest, I believe the real Spirit of Christmas should be reflected every day of the year. The peace and goodwill spoken of in Luke 2:14 needs to be lived out each day to our fellow-man, not just on December 25 each year.
So many secular people have taken Christ out of Christmas, not to mention everyday living. I witnessed that and its resulting prejudice against Christians just yesterday at Music Valley’s Small Business Saturday. While standing in the doorway inviting others in to visit the booths located inside the theater, one of a group of two or three women at the door spoke to one of her friends after my invitation saying, “We don’t want to go in there. It’s Christian stuff.” My immediate thought was, How sad! I don’t know how people like her live without the Lord.
Jesus truly is the real reason for the season of Christmas. He also is the best Christmas gift that anyone has ever or could ever want to receive. Now I ask, what do you want for Christmas this year?
In closing, I would like to share an old Gospel favorite of mine: I’d Rather Have Jesus.