Every year it seems that Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Even in nations where the majority of people call themselves “Christian,” the season has become more about shopping than worshiping. The pressure to buy gifts and plan elaborate parties makes it increasingly difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of the holiday—the birth of Jesus, god’s only son, the savior of the world.
During certain seasons of life it’s easy to forget. But let’s not lose sight of God’s goodness, the source of all our blessings.
Name five blessings in your life. Why are you grateful for them? How will you thank God for them today?
Our heavenly Father longs for us to grow up and “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). But spiritual maturity is different from natural maturity. Parents raise their children to become independent, to no longer need them. Our divine Father raises us to daily depend on Him more.
Our treasures and priorities can easily be misplaced and we can find ourselves devoting our time, finances, phone calls and acts of service into treasures that do not last. Matthew 6:19 says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
Three verses to say “Thank You God!”
I will give thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. Psalm 138:1–2
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening. You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! Psalm 92:1–2;4
Lord, there is no one like you! For you are great, and your name is full of power. Who would not fear you, O King of nations? That title belongs to you alone! Among all the wise people of the earth and in all the kingdoms of the world, there is no one like you. Jeremiah 10:6–7