My husband and I have served in the church nursery on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month for many years. Since Christmas is falling on a Sunday this year…this means we have to be up bright and early and to church for the 1st service to work in the nursery on Christmas morning…and guess what this has done to my typical Christmas morning plans? It’s messed them up! Serving Jesus has messed up MY plans!
It’s so easy to get caught up in all the excitement and traditions of Christmas…and to work ourselves so hard finishing our to-do list…that selfishness oozes out. If you have followed my blog for very long you are familiar with my birthday posts.
I’ve shared in the past that on my birthday, I always read verses addressing the issue of selfishness.
Why address selfishness on my birthday? Because I have noticed in past years – since having children – that the temptation to feel that I deserve a “special” day on my birthday has begun to creep in. Of course – when it actually turns out really special and everything goes my way – I am happy. But oh – if the kids are difficult and my husband has forgotten to buy me a present – I turn into a grouch and for some reason I feel justified – it’s my birthday! But I don’t see an exception clause in the Bible for selfishness on special occasions (like Mother’s Day – for some reason selfishness creeps in on that day too – yucko!).
And so I wonder if we need to beware on Christmas day too? Is there a chance that if things don’t go our way on Christmas day we are going to lose our cool? We have labored so hard to make this day perfect for everyone – we can feel entitled to a dreamy day…this is dangerous…we need to lower our expectations a tad. lol!
Indeed we have worked hard to make this day special…but it’s NOT about us.
Acts 20:35 says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
This principle is true everyday of the year and on Birthdays and Christmas too – because God’s word is always true.
And as for the nursery issue – we’ll be opening our presents on Christmas Eve morning at our house – so we can have a quiet day as a family. In the evening we will do our family tradition which is to drive around and look at Christmas lights and slip pictures of the nativity that our children have colored, onto all the mailboxes of homes who display the nativity, thanking them for displaying “the reason for the season”. Then on Christmas day, we will serve Jesus as a family in the nursery holding babies – while their parents worship the King of Kings! I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas morning than to be serving Jesus. This will be the first Christmas morning I can remember where it won’t be all about us and…maybe, just maybe, this will be the best Christmas morning yet?
Walk with the King!