Dec 19, 2012

Wednesday in the Word: I am too busy with my stuff to be thankful!

 
"When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today."
                                                                                 
Deuteronomy 8:10-18 (NIV)

Moses warns the nation of Israel before they cross into the promised land, ‘make sure you don’t let your stuff get in the way.’

With Christmas coming, this was a timely passage for me. In six days my house will be full of people and full of new stuff. Often it can be hard to see past the mountains of toys and wrapping paper and the craziness of the holidays. I have three little boys that desperately need Christ. They have a God-shaped hole in their hearts that only he can fill. How can I keep the new stuff out of that space and put Christ in his rightful place?

Help me out people! I need some ideas to keep Christmas about Christ. Any thoughts?

What are your family’s favorite Christmas traditions as you keep Christ in Christmas?
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