I had one of those….”wow” moments the other day with a student.
They have a large family and money is always very tight for them. Their parents work very hard to do the best they can for their family and I asked this young lady about her upcoming Christmas.
Me: So, are you getting excited for Christmas?
Girl: Yeah, I am.
Me: That’s awesome. Will you guys be able to have much of a Christmas this year?
Girl: Oh yes, we have everything we need. The one thing that I do want I can’t have though.
Me: Oh, what is that?
Girl: My grandmother passed away last year on Christmas Eve. I wish so badly she was still here (her eyes start to well with tears). I miss her so much.
As I reflect on that moment, I believe this young junior high student has a lot to teach us in a culture consumed by materialism. I was so struck by her statement, “we have everything we ne
ed.” When I know very well this family struggles financially, yet what they do have is love for one another, and love for Jesus Christ.
In our culture, we lust after the latest and greatest clothes and gadgets, when all the while what God created us for was not to have an abundance of things, but to live in deep and loving relationships.
He created us to know Him first and to live in relationship with Him. Then, to live in relationships with others. He gave us family and friends to share life together with. May we remember our happiness or our “Christmas” is not defined by the presents under the tree. Instead, let us seek joy in Christmas, first and foremost, through a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. Then, out of the overflow of that relationship we’ll be able to deeply love our families and experience greater joy this Christmas.
Lets live with the same type of attitude as this young junior high girl and be thankful, for in Christ, we have everything we need.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Phil 4:11-13