16 Days Until Christmas!
I was agitated last night. I overheard one of my kids telling another one of my kids, “I know a gift you are not getting at Christmas.” And that child proceeded to name the number one gift the other wanted. Will that child get that gift? I won’t say here just in case said child decides to read this (though I doubt they even know about this blog). Anyway, I was agitated for several reasons. One, they don’t really know so they are talking out of ignorance. Two, it is mean to tease that idea and dash the hopes of a fellow sibling. Three, the motive to say that is to feel superior by claiming knowledge another does not have. “I know something you don’t know!”
I privately addressed this with the agitator last night and I will pat myself on the back for remaining calm and not yelling or being overly angry. Quite frankly, I was just disappointed. I re-enforced the golden rule with this child: do to others as you would have them do unto you. Jesus took an old slogan, “don’t do to other what you would have them not do to you,” and changed it into a command, a positive action. The old slogan was just avoid being mean. Jesus calls us to go forward and do something helpful.
That first Christmas, God shared a message that said, “I know something you may not know but let me make it clear to all people: born this day in the town of David is the savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
There is no secret knowledge here. There is no superiority complex. There is no ignorance of knowledge. This is just the plain, simple truth of Christmas that God chose to share with the entire world.
Let’s be grateful that God chose to enact the golden rule and did for us what we could not do on our own. Christmas is a beautiful reminder of God’s love for all people.