There are some people in the world that like to make lists. Not that there is anything wrong with making lists. Any practice of organization can help us be a good steward of our time, talents, and treasures. Christmas lists are a little different. It can be difficult to shop for some people in your life. Because we want to show our love and affection we might even ask for a list. For some people giving and receiving gifts is a big deal!
I think that all of us have seen a child take the idea of a Christmas list to the extreme. When I was young, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the JCPenney Christmas Catalog. In it there were hundreds of toys. My young mind would dream of all the fun I could have and which of those toys would be reasonable to place on my Christmas list. The danger was if the list is too long, do I look greedy. If the list was too short, I don’t want to miss out on the deal!
In our sermon this Sunday we explore the concept of a little boy who didn’t get everything on the Christmas list. He did get much more than he could’ve imagined, but it didn’t matter. There was one thing that consumed him. He needed it; or so he thought. I don’t know what your Christmas list looked like this year, but is there something that consumes your life? Does its absence crowd out all of the other blessings that God has given you? Can you see the spiritual blessings for the fortune that they are? This Sunday, allow the story of a little boy to help given you some perspective.