Thursday, December 30, 2010
Okay, friends...I've done this before and I'm sure I'll do it again. This is your chance to share, so I'll keep this brief.
A little over a week ago I gave you a Christmas challenge - to pick a gift to give Jesus, write it down, wrap it up and put it under the tree. So, here are my questions to which I want you to respond:
1. What did you give?
2. What was the reaction of your family?
3. If you didn't, then you have the opportunity right now to publicly give a gift to Jesus for His birthday.
I'll start - I gave the gift of memory this Christmas. As I thought through my options, every single one of them benefited me! It was like giving a gift to myself. However, I do know that there is great value to hiding God's word in your heart and though I do it periodically, I am not consistent. So I told Jesus I would memorize a verse a week. It doesn't sound like much, but I think as I go it will compound.
That's my gift. My family's reaction? I thought they'd roll their eyes, but they handled it fine. I was worried they would think I was preaching at them, but I think they realized that I was sincere. Hopefully next year there will be an additional gift for Jesus under the tree, alongside mine. It's a great way to have accountability in your spiritual walk. I am sure they will encourage me as I work on this all year.
All right, here goes...and by the way, silence will mean that you didn't do it...