Hebrews 12:1-2
"...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith..."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

An Unknown Gift

Our small group Bible study is exactly that....small.  We are in it with two other couples (Advertisement:  so if you're needing to find a group to connect with....come join us!)  and we have grown to deeply care for and love these two families.  As a group, we decided to Christmas shop for a family through the Ballard Wishing Tree.  This is such a great program that has been set up for families in financial need who are not able to buy Christmas gifts for their children.  What child wants to wake up on Christmas morning only to find nothing waiting for them under the tree?  Absolutely none.

I have to admit that I started off a bit hesitant.  I wanted to help a family but was worried about the cost.  After all, Kurt and I need to save all that we can towards our adoption costs--or so I told myself.  Wow--I know--true selfishness!!  With all that in mind, we three women set off together yesterday to shop.  Our list consisted of wants and needs for each of the five children in the family.  It was an enjoyable time of shopping.  At one time, I mentioned that I wish we could see the kids open their gifts and the other gals agreed.  Since we won't be able to do that, my mind gets to only imagine the excitement and delight in that house on Christmas day.  It makes me smile. 

God changed my thinking after that shopping trip.  I took the eyes off "me" and "my needs" and focused them on others.  I am especially thinking of that mother who will  lovingly wrap up each gift--of the happiness she will have in knowing her children will wake up on Christmas morning to presents under the tree.  

And that mother will never know that
she also gave me a gift....JOY.

                                           J -  Jesus first
                                          O  - Others next
                                          Y -  You last

1 comment:

  1. I loved shopping together for those five kids! We should be a team every year!