Every year as Christmas approaches, Portia and I try to make things as exciting as possible for our kids. We make a big deal out of decorating the house. We blast Christmas music as often as we can. And we really think through how Christmas morning will go, down to the order and sequence in which they open their gifts.
The reason? We’re trying to recreate the excitement that WE experienced when we were kids on Christmas. Portia and I both had Christmases where gifts were plentiful, and ones that were barren. But we were always excited for Christmas: the lights, the desserts, the music, the movies, the family time. In a word, it was exciting.
Seriously, is there anything more exciting than being a child on Christmas morning? Whether there was plenty of gifts for me to open or not, I was PUMPED. I knew my parents would make it fun, we’d all be together, and it would be a joyous time.
Here’s the thing: that is EXACTLY what God asks of us everyday - to become like little children.
Jesus said in Matthew 18: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
How can we become like little children this Christmas? Two ways:
1- Excitedly anticipate His goodness.
No matter the amount of gifts, I KNEW my parents would make it awesome. Did you know that God is an even better parent? As in, the best parent possible?
Matthew 7:9-11 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Anticipate His goodness this Christmas. Like a little child, KNOW that He’s got something awesome cooked up for you.
2- Humbly trust Him to meet your needs.
Little children don’t stress about things adults stress about. And for obvious reasons: it’s too much for them, so we adults handle it for them.
Are there things you’re stressing over that are only meant for God to handle? Let Him deal with it. He’s the parent here. Trust Him to meet your needs, just like a child. He’s got you.
As we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth, may we all heed closely the command of Jesus, and ENJOY the season, knowing that He’s the best parent we could ask for!