It’s the final day of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge!
There’s snow outside, almost all of our Christmas preparations are done, and the kids are snuggled up watching White Christmas together. Today, as we pause from the usual daily routine, I’m reflecting on what Christmas truly means.
And as I’m reflecting, I remembered this post I wrote back in 2009 that sums up what Christmas is all about to me:
A few weeks ago, my rambunctious two-year-old accidentally knocked and broke a very special tea cup of mine. As I was sweeping the pieces of glass into a dustpan, I realized this was something one could easily find themselves upset over.
But instead of frustration, I found myself feeling grateful. Our lean law school years–when a hot cup of tea in my special tea cup was one of life’s few luxuries–had taught me a profound lesson: things don’t buy happiness.
It’s a trite phrase, to be sure, but when you’ve found much happiness in spite of the lack of things and the lack of money to buy things, it seems anything but cliche.
There are likely many reading this right now who are experiencing financial difficulty. Maybe your husband is unemployed and there are no job possibilities on the horizon despite your incessant knocking on doors. Perhaps you have no idea how you are going to pay your rent or your mortgage and you’re beyond tired of eating endless varieties of beans and rice.
No matter your current financial struggles, you can have happiness. In fact, you can find the very same kind of happiness I had when we were living on $800 a month in a little basement apartment in a new town with few friends.
You’ve likely read here about a lot of deals I’ve scored over the past few years, but today I want to tell you about the best “deal” I’ve ever gotten–one that changed my life forever and gave me lasting happiness and peace.
Two thousand years ago, in a humble manger in Bethlehem, a little baby was born. This baby, Jesus, would grow up to be the Savior of the world.
When I was 11 years old, I committed my life to Jesus and He become my personal Lord and Savior. Since then, my world has been turned upside down.
Where once I lived in constant fear and worry, I now have lasting peace. Where once I had emptiness, I now have true fulfillment.
Is my life perfect? Far from it! But I am loved unconditionally by the Creator of the universe. And that, my friends, is worth more than all the money in the world. He is what brings me true happiness.
As I swept up those pieces of shattered glass, I realized I wasn’t upset over my favorite tea cup breaking because I have something that pales in comparison to a thousand expensive tea cups–I have Jesus.
The things of this world will fade, crack, break, and die. Jesus is Eternal. He will never leave me or forsake me. And someday, I get to spend Eternity with Him!
This Christmas, my prayer is that you also know Jesus, too. If not, don’t delay another day until you get to know Him and commit your life to Him. ( to read more about Jesus and how He can change your world, too.)
I promise, this will be the best deal you’ll ever find–worth more than all the money in the world can buy!