(Guest Contributor, Josh Pearson)
Like many parents, we take advantage of different extracurricular activities for our kids. We do Upward Sports basketball in the winter. The Rocky Mountain College men’s basketball team comes at the beginning of every season and puts on a clinic for the kids. They love it. They get to interact with all the players and coaching staff. They get autographs. The kids all leave there thinking that each player is his or her best friend. It’s great.
This year when the kids were warming up, the coaches had the kids run from one end of the gym to the other and yell out what they wanted for Christmas. Can you imagine 90 elementary kids yelling “XBOX”, “iPhone”, “hoverboard”? Then the college players ran and yelled out what they wanted, 14 men yelling “money”, “championship”, “more money”.
So who would have thought that a question that was posed to entertain kids and amuse parents would have me laying in bed awake in the early morning hours asking myself “what do you want for Christmas”? I get asked this very question every year by my mother-in-law. She can’t stand that I always say “I don’t need anything”. So why am I awakened with this question?
What do I want for Christmas? I already have Him.
I hope that anyone who knows me knows that I am a Christian. As a Christian, should the answer to this question be different from all of the materialistic things listed above? Maybe. I can’t speak for every Christian, in every culture, in every different period of time.
BUT…let us not forget the gift we have already been given! Christ has come! The Savior has been born! He has died for our sins, buried, and raised again on the third day! Thanks be to God!
So I reflect again on the kids and the young men running down the court yelling out the things that they want for Christmas. I think back to my own childhood, and how excited I was when I received that one toy that I just had to have. I remember in recent years, the gifts that our kids have received, and their excitement. I recall going to school after a great Christmas break and showing off my new, amazing stuff, and telling everyone how awesome this is.
So…What do I want for Christmas? I already have Him. Jesus. So now what? Just like when I was 10, shouldn’t I tell everyone?
Of course, I should. This is the witness that we are called to be.
Am I an amazing witness? No.
I don’t know why, but I find that as I get older, I am more eager to share my faith. Am I more spiritual? Am I closer to God? Am I trying harder? Or, do I see the hurt in this world? Do I see the brokenness? Do I see the hopelessness? Do I see the useless striving, emptiness, selfishness, hurt, loneliness? The list can go on, you live in this world, you see it.
So again… What do I want for Christmas? I already have Him. Jesus. So now what? Just like when I was 10, shouldn’t I tell everyone?