I have three children and my oldest will be turning 23 at the end of this month. Thinking back over all of the birthday parties I have thrown them over the years, there is only one thing that every party I have hosted had in common: I never lost focus of who we were celebrating.
Each child chose a different theme, invited different people, had their preference of cake and ice cream flavor, but the one thing that was the same with each party was that I focused only on the birthday child.
If I threw a celebration for Alyssa, then my youngest daughter Alivia was not the one who got to blow the candles out on the cake. If a bunch of boys were running around my house with Aaron then he was the one who received all of my attention. The girls probably weren’t even in the house that day. When I bought gifts, I picked out what I knew they would like, not their brother or sister. It was their day.
Although it should be celebrated year round, Christmas is the season set aside to celebrate the birth of our Savior. To focus in-depth of His crazy and humble arrival upon this earth. It’s easy to start out with the right heart, but like a little kid in a toy store, we can become lost real quick. Black Friday shopping can capture a person’s focus to the point of no return. Soon we overeat, overspend and over extend ourselves. We become stressed instead of blessed.
Refuse to allow the demands of this world to shove the birthday Boy aside. Make and keep Jesus the undeniable center of your Christmas and the upcoming year as well. We can stand in line all day to buy our kids the latest and greatest toys that will be forgotten by the end of the day, but if we fail to teach them about Jesus, we’re denying them the greatest Gift of all. (Tweet this now)