GUEST POST: Today’s contributor to POP GOD Christmas is my friend Sean Taylor. Sean is the Pastor of Chandler Baptist Church of Missouri. Sean was also a mentor to me when I first began pursuing ministry. I always said we should write a book together and blogging together is getting pretty close to that. Sean is one my favorite writers and blogs at Plunge47.org. Check him out, subscribe to his blog, and enjoy his contribution to POP GOD:
We celebrated my daughter Darcy’s second birthday this week. The first gift she opened was a Disney mobile phone and purse.
… but the result was her sisters fawning over the new toys, while she texted on her phone. Even when we brought out the ice cream covered monster cookies – she refused to eat or blow out the candles. She only wanted her new purse and phone…
I could lament her actions, but let us be honest, even the best parents cannot over come the terrible two (or three if you have a late bloomer). It is an age of tantrums and exclamation pointed shouts of “NO”.
Instead, as we move into Christmas, I wonder about the perfect gift.
Days later Darcy is still carrying around her purse and making pretend phone calls to Aunt Audrey – the gift giver. She is willing to share the other gifts, but if a sister reaches for the phone or purse… death screams.
We all have a gift we want. We may not even know it. It is probably not expensive. But there is something we could receive that would leave us not wanting to share.
I once gave my dad a high performance air filter for his econobox car. A ridiculous gift, but my dad – a muscle car guy now driving a little sedan – loved it. (Or at least he did not complain about us getting him a gift, he normally hates it when we get him anything.)
To give THE gift takes thought. It takes time. You have to know the person. You have to listen and remember. Then you have to search or be ready when you stumble onto the perfect present.
But when we open THE gift… we may just smile, since we are older than two, but in our hearts we want to set aside the other presents and rip this one out of the box.
We will wonder how you thought of it. Wonder how you knew we wanted it. We will realize you care… no, that is not enough. We will realize you love.
This Christmas – be a gift giver who brings love.