There’s always a jokester in the Christmas crowd.
I ran across these (clean) “Dirty Santa” gifts:
- A book called “Crafting with Cat Hair”
- A wall-mounted fishbowl
- An adult “onesie” (footy pajamas)
- A shirt that reads, “Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again” (for the technically challenged
- A “Hooked on Yodeling” CD
- A Gummy Bear lamp
- A Zombie survival crate
- Bacon-themed adhesive bandages
- And my favorite: “Gift NOT Included” (a box full of batteries)
Gifts are a huge part of Christmas, whether it’s “Dirty Santa” gifts at the office, donations to charities and ministries, or gorgeously-wrapped gifts under the home Christmas tree.
Some of the gifts we receive make us smile. Others make us think, “Ho, Ho … NO!”
- Maybe the giver didn’t take the time to think about what would please us. Maybe they just didn’t know.
- Maybe the giver wasn’t creative—I mean, six years of socks or soap-on-a-rope might not be so welcome. A truly creative giver takes into account our needs, not just what we can check off a shopping list.
- Maybe the giver was giving “on the cheap.” The Dollar Store can be a great starting point to create a truly special gift. But then again. While some Pinterest ideas are gorgeous; others, not so much.
I’m taking lessons from the Greatest Giver of all time.
1. God the Father knows us inside and out. He knows our deepest yearnings, not just the things we express to others. (Psalm 139)
2. God the Father is creative in giving to us exactly what we need, if not what we think we want. His gifts may not look like much on the surface, because His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). In fact, they might look like sorrow or difficulty. But they will deeply resonate with our hearts and teach us valuable lessons we might not learn any other way.
Trials are training! Good gifts!
Strengthening gifts. Gifts that protect us. Gifts that develop our character. Gifts that teach us wisdom and how to trust God more. (Proverbs 3:5-6; James 1:2-6, 12; Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 10:35-36; 12:5-11; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Psalm 121:5-8; Romans 5:3-6; 8:28-29)
3. God the Father gave the most expensive gift ever. When Jesus came to earth, it was at great sacrifice, and He was the gift that keeps on giving—for those who would believe. (John 3:16; 1 John 4:14; 2 Corinthians 9:15)
This Christmas, I am taking time to give thanks for every gift I’ve received from the Father’s hand.
I invite you to join me.
Instead of a Ho, Ho, NO … let’s lift up Hallelujahs of praise to the One who so loved us, He gave an indescribable gift. And He keeps giving, and giving and giving.
Write a Thank You note to the Father today… in prayer.