Investing in Christmas, Day 1–First Things First

A young woman begins to sing on her cellphone. A mom grabs her son’s hand. Young people climb on the table, mouths’ wide with praise.

A flashmob singing The Hallelujah Chorus in the food court of the mall. Awesome.

Last night, after Tom strung the Christmas lights on the tree, I spent an hour or two in contemplation. It happens every Christmas. I think back to Christmases past, linger on Christmas present, and wonder about Christmas in the future.

As I did this, I listened to music. I cried. I worshiped. I wept.

Nicole Nordeman sang a song I’d never heard titled, “Legacy.” Beautiful. Meaningful.

What legacy have I left my children? What could I leave them in the future?

I came up with the idea of writing about “Investing in Christmas” for the 24 days before it actually arrives.

Think back. How many gifts do you remember? One, two, maybe three. How many do you still own? I’m having trouble thinking of any.

What I do remember are memories. My mom, dad, and I singing Christmas carols on the Salvation Army kettles on Christmas Eve. My dad shouting, “If you put money in the kettle, I’ll stop singing!” and then laughing hysterically.

Serving Christmas breakfast to truckers stuck in Decatur, Illinois on Christmas day.

Quiet moments by the fire reading the Christmas story and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

Do you want to leave a legacy? Join me on my 24 Days of Investing in Christmas, will you?

Your first assignment? First things first. Worship.

Follow this link and adore the Christ-Child-King.

If you can worship God in the food court of a mall, you can worship Him anywhere.

I love you, friend.

Reading for today. Revelation 19:6-9:

“Praise the LORD! For the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”NLT


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