One year, when we were a little older and had been left unsupervised for a period of time, we took matters into our own hands. Carefully using scissors to snip the tape away from the wrapping paper, we looked inside to see what we were receiving. Then we taped the packages back up and looked innocent.
Guess what? We found out that the fun of Christmas immediately became diminished for us. One, because the anticipation of what was coming was gone, and two, because of guilt from wrong-doing.
Guilt is such a killer ...
We never did such a thing again. In fact, I would go to great lengths to avoid guessing what I might be getting. I never shook packages or tried to guess by size or weight what the gift was. I found it was much more fun to be surprised!
As I have matured on my Journey, I've found, of course, the greatest gift of Christmas is the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. I didn't receive Him at Christmas - how special it would be to become a Christian on Christmas Day! - but accepted the gift of becoming His child on a hot summer day many moons ago.
What I've discovered over the years is the gift of accepting Jesus as your Savior is the gift that keeps on giving ... every day! There are so many layers to this life in Christ that a new layer gets unwrapped each time I draw closer to Him. Every time I read the Bible, or listen to a sermon, or spend time in His presence, I get new perspective on who He is - and on who I am.
What other gift that you've ever received is new every time you look at it? I'm amazed every time I unwrap Christmas.
It's up to me how many times I unwrap this precious gift. Do I accept the gift once and then let it play very little part in my everyday life? Or is that gift so incredibly precious to me that I can't go a day without thinking about it and spending time with the Giver of the gift? Is it the focus of my life?
What is the most precious gift YOU ever received?
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