The Abundant Life Blog
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on December 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM|
Last year was so easy. I just went online, loaded my online shopping cart with an assortment of Veggie Tale DVDs and waited for them to show up at my door. Instant Christmas. My daughter loved her "Very Veggie" Christmas. Earlier today, I stood in the Christian bookstore with a glazed look on my face. The salesperson came by. "You look overwhelmed," she commented. She seemed eager to help, but there was nothing she could do for my problem, "I'm trying to find something my daughter doesn't already have," I replied.
On the one hand its kind of a nice problem to have. I mean we have enough income that I was able to buy my daughter almost every Veggie Tale and a good number of the associated toys. God has blessed us. On the other hand I thought to myself, "My daughter is 5 and already she has everything?" I thought I was doing a really good job of not spoiling her, so this was a real eye opener for me.
I left the Christian bookstore (Adventures in Odessey in my bag) and headed for Toys R Us. Not a good idea. Sure they have some great toys for children and adults like me that can't let go of childhood, but there was so much garbage there too. It was really depressing. Why would anyone want their daughter to dress up in skulls? Why would I buy my child a doll dressed like a streetwalker? I couldn't get myself to go down the aisles for the boys. The violence in those aisles were visible from a great distance. My son ended up with a bunch of cars.
So I get home and start thinking all of these things through. What, if anything, does my trip today have to do with Jesus' birthday? Well, the whole ordeal reminded me that I have to be deligent in prayer and since Jesus came so I can have a relationship with the Father, my take away from today is that my present for Jesus on His birthday is my committment to pray. It's not much of a gift since it is commanded anyway, but its what I have to give.