It’s Christmas…Don’t forget your family.

 In Jack's Dad

Okay, so we made it through Thanksgiving…just…all we have to get through now is 3 works parties, 2 family get-togethers, school celebrations, church functions for each person and Christmas shopping. All that’s left after that is Christmas and then New Years.

December is galloping and I am already tired.  As much as I love everyone that I get to see over the multitude of Christmas and New Years celebrations part of me just longs for a secluded beach on St. John…kinda like this one.

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Don’t jump to conclusions…we aren’t there now (at least in body… my mind is there!)

At this time of year the spiritual gift of hospitality kicks into turbo in our home… and we love it. However, there comes a point where we burn out and become exhausted to the point where we cannot even care for each other appropriately.  You can call it lack of planning or immaturity but I can tell you that we are not alone.  I’m pretty sure it’s crazy at your house too.

So, in the midst all the cut-out cookies and home made eggnog, let me encourage your with a couple reminders to keep you and your kids from exasperation.

  1. Whatever we do…we do it for the Lord.  “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24
  2. Christmas is about the birth of Christ, period. Yes, it a great opportunity to get together with loved ones, but the ‘getting together’ happens because the Holiday that we celebrate IS Jesus’ birth.
  3. What’s more important, food or your children?  (Okay, probably not a good question! – Stay with me). The holiday season really is a good time for us as Dads and Mums to CHOOSE to impart time and conversation ABOUT the birth of Jesus into our children.  In Proverbs 22:6 it says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

A better translation of this text is that “when he is old it will not depart from him”.   What we teach our children doesn’t leave them.  Have you ever had a time when your child has publicly regurgitated something embarrassing that you said private?  As parents we want our children to know the Truth of God’s word… this Christmas is a great time to begin and continue that conversation.

My encouragement for you this week is to remember these principles facilitate and cause relationships to happen and grow.  Our children, not just our children with special needs, long for relationships not the activity or the stuff.  We have shown our children that toys and presents are valuable because we haven’t shown them that the parent-child relationship is more important.

Merry Christmas,

Jack’s Dad.

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