Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas! Time to Diet!

Well, Christmas has come. The gifts have all been opened and my little bugaboo is snug in her bed now. It is amazing how Christmas used to be about what I was getting and now it is about what I'm giving!

We opened gifts at the grandparents house last night. Bugaboo opened the Mega Bloks first and was pretty much done at that point. She was so excited about the blocks that she didn't want to open anything else. We were on a time deadline, so we encouraged her to keep going so everyone would get to see her open the gifts that they bought her. This morning, we took a different approach. We allowed her to open them at her own pace. She would open a gift, play with it and then go open another. I like this approach. It spread the gifts out and she enjoyed them more.

It seems to me that we could all learn a lesson from Bugaboo. Often in life, we want all the gifts that God has for us at one time. Gimme, gimme, gimme! We stuff our faces with not just enough food to fill us, but enough to feed 3 people; we stuff our houses with every imaginable item of technology, every type of kitchen gadget, every possible piece of junk. Our closets overflow with clothes, fat clothes, skinny clothes, warm weather clothes, cold weather clothes, work clothes, workout clothes, play clothes, dressy clothes and casual clothes. We continue to want more and can't even find all that we already have.

When we pray, we look for instant answers instead of being still and knowing that God will meet all our needs.

As we enjoy this Christmas season, let's take time to slow down and enjoy the gifts that God is giving us one at a time. By slowing down, we can truly savor the blessings we have today.

Merry Christmas!

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