It’s hard to believe but by the time our next issue comes out, we will be in the new year of 2017.
I can remember my dad always telling me when I was younger that the older I get, the faster the years go by. He was right as another Christmas has passed us by.
Since Christmas was on a Sunday this year, we decided to have our presents opening time on Saturday.
Before opening presents, we read out of Luke 2 about the birth of Christ. While the presents are great, it’s important we never forget to put the emphasis on Christ during this time of year set aside for remembering his birth and the love God’s bestowed on us. This year, the reading was a little extra special after our family took part in the “Journey to Bethlehem” hosted by “The Crossing” in Hannibal.
As I was reading the verses, I instantly was thinking about our interactive experience and it was a blessing thinking about it while reading.
We then had a time to open presents.
Kristy and I enjoyed watching the faces of our four kids opening their presents. After seeing their reactions, I feel like we did pretty good this year, perhaps better then in some past years.
We’re not the kind of parents who go crazy on the amount of money we spend for presents. So we have to find what the kids may want while trying to be good stewards of our money at the same time.
While watching them, it was hard for my wife and I not to make eye contact thinking the same thing…just how many more Christmas mornings do we have left that will be like this one?
As each year goes by, each of our kids are blessed to be one year older.
My adopted teenager is now 16 and could be off starting his own journey in just a couple of years.
My next oldest boy is 12 and is only about six years away from moving out of the house. I can still remember my wife and I enjoying his first Christmas on this earth when it was just the three of us. Times sure have changed…
He’s followed by my 9-year-old son whom we had almost to the day I took started my job at “The Vandalia Leader.”
All he’s known since he’s been born is dad works at the newspaper in Vandalia.
Then comes our 3 1/2-year-old girl who was born three months early and spent the first two months of her life in the NICU.
She got her first kitchen this year and she’s already cooking up some delights. She even cooked up two of her brothers. Not literally of course, but she sure thought it was funny.
My challenge to all of you is to make sure you never get caught up in the craziness of holidays, birthdays, and so much more. Every second of the day is special.
We need to give praise to God for what we have and never take a second for granted.
We don’t know what’s going to happen before next Christmas; we don’t even know what’s going to happen today.
So I challenge everyone to truly appreciate your family and your children.
Don’t take them for granted. Don’t get caught up in your own busy schedule or the busy schedule of doing countless things.
Be sure to talk to your children, understand where they’re coming from, try to find out how you can plug in to be their biggest cheerleader, and love on them like there’s no tomorrow.
Each year is going by quicker than the next. Each day is flying by as well.
Time is so precious and we don’t know when we will look up and see the kids grown up and out of the house, parents passing away, or health issues causing someone to be away from home.
God has given us so much in each other. Let us not wait too long to be thankful for what we have. Now that I’ve given you something to think about, make this your focus today. This could be the start of making your next Christmas the best one yet.