Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Christmas 1 Corinthians 13 Style

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family. I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, through harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust... but giving the gift of love will endure. ~Author Unknown~

8 comments:

  1. I love this post! I agree, in the midst of all the busyness of December, it's important to keep the focus on Christ, on our families and on what really matters. Everything else is just fluff.

    Many sweet blessings!

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  2. That is very sweet! It is so easy to forget to spend time WITH your family when you are so busy doing things FOR them!

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  3. Thanks for sharing, Wendi. Many important things to remember . . .

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  4. Hi, I ran across your blog and I LOVE this post. I'm trying really hard not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle this year. thanks so much for the extra reminder! ( Your daughter is precious!)

    Mandy

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  5. What a wonderful and gentle reminder of the real meaning for Christmas. Thank you so much.

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  6. Good thoughts. :)

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  7. Great post. Makes you stop and think.
    Thanks!

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  8. What a wonderful post! I just posted this on my blog, with a link back to yours. Thanks!

    ~Susan

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