we had just opened presents and everyone moved from gift to gift seemingly unsatisfied. i don't know if you've been there, like us...the anticipation about gifts, then you get them, and then...
you feel unsatisfied. that was it?
i'd never say that out loud...subtle thoughts for me. and giant words falling out of my kids. "i'm bored."
aw, yes. there i am. in my kids words, rolling around on the ground. "not enough".
and that is when God changed us forever.
(i'm working on some printables for you guys)
i knew i couldn't yell, just be grateful! anymore. it wasn't working, and somehow, it seemed like the opposite was happening. that Christmas, it was just a simple prayer and a simple inkling to change. on an act of obedience we cleaned out bags of toys. we prayed that God would give us a grateful heart.
and throughout the year, we did change. yes, cleaning out stuff. yes, giving junk away. but more than that, God seemed to be doing something different. we did a lot of repenting and still do.
you want more, right?
i felt like the word MORE was important. not more world, just more Jesus.
i became more aware of my consumption. my desire to feed my heart with unnecessary stuff to satisfy my deepest craving. we decided to do one gift at Christmas. one gift to remind us of the anticipation the people must have felt when they knew their savior had shown up. like promised. all those pain staking years, looking and waiting for the savior.
one very small gift. nothing fussy. and it changed the world.
and that is what you will find under our tree.
one thing for each of you. it's all you need. can you see Jesus in that?
if you want to change the world, start small. start very, very small. very unimpressive.
like our savior coming, not born of a king's breed, not walking onto the planet as an amazing grown man. he came small and tiny in a barn to a regular old family.
it seems like small things aren't important when everyone around you is doing BIG. and NEW. and WOW. it's so luring and so deceptive. we trade getting more for...
and there Jesus lays crying in hay with an exhausted mother and a father who doesn't know if he can stay.
pretty unimpressive, i'd say.
but did you hear how he changed the world?
this year, a small prayer is all you need. help.
it could be that you're going to do advent this year.
it could be that you're going to pare down gifts this year.
it could be that you're going to support a child in haiti to go to school for a year!
it could be that you're just going to pray for God to change you.
it could be just looking in that direction.
it doesn't matter what it is. it matters that we are obedient to that small voice we hear.
the call as believers to change when we see the greatness of the cross.
to believe that the small things change everything.
perhaps the change begins this year.