When we are going through our day, most of us have one thing on our mind; getting home and having dinner with the family. Our family has grown this year with two grandchildren being born since May 5th, but most dinners are my wife and I. We went to see the trees in a local hotel today and then went to lunch, where I asked, “what are we having for dinner?” I was told that I was grilling chicken. I like to grill, but it is Christmas Eve Eve and I really think that we should be having some more festive food, but I went along with it.
As I was preparing to come home for the day, I began thinking how blessed I am to have a home, a wife waiting for me, two children with great spouses, and two new grandchildren. We need to remember that people in our country are wealthy compared to 80 percent of the rest of the world. I began to remember that I needed to be thankful for health, food to eat and warm clothes to wear. I have so much that I really do not need anything for Christmas or my birthday, I am now the speed limit (55) in age and still act like a child, which is why I get along so well with them.
Please take a moment and remember all that God has given us. This time of year, our focus is on Christmas and the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We did not deserve the grace that God has given us by having Jesus die on the cross to save us from our sin, but it is offered to everyone who will receive. If you have given your life to Christ, you can look forward to eternity in heaven, which is the greatest blessing of all. I encourage you to count your blessings this Christmas, focus on Jesus and be willing to work to keep your family close and spend as much time together as possible.
"Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? For the nations seek after all these things. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow shall be anxious for its own things. Sufficient to the day is the evil of it." Matthew 6:31-34