Presence vs Presents

What do kids really need for Christmas? A man came home late from work to find his seven-year-old son waiting up for him. The first thing his son said was, “Dad, how much money do you make an hour?” “Son, I make $50 an hour.” “Well, dad can I borrow $25?” “Yes son but for what?” Without saying a word, the boy ran to his room, returned with some crumpled bills and added it to the money from his dad. He ran back saying, “Dad, now I have fifty dollars so can I buy an hour of your time?” This is a time of absent dads. Single parents and grandparents often raising the children. It is a generation that seeks valuables but not values. Everyone wants the newest, fastest, and most costly technology gifts. But when all the gifts have been opened and they face the new year it seems something is still missing. Things just do not fulfill that emptiness within (Psa. 107:9). The greatest things in life are not things, but people. Don’t love things but love people. Everyone needs to love and be loved – Everyone! You as parents are needed more than any gift. Being a good godly dad or mother is a huge responsibility, but it is also one of life’s greatest joys. There is a difference between a house and a home. The greatest gift you can give your children is a happy Christian home. “If a child lives with: Criticism he learns to condemn. Hostility he learns to fight. Ridicule learns to be shy. Shame he learns to feel guilty. Encouragement he learns confidence. Praises he learns to appreciate. Fairness he learns justice. Security he learns faith. Approval he learns to like himself. Acceptance he learns to live in this world. Love he learns to love others. Godliness he learns to love God” — Unknown. It has been said that “Good Godly parents are one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” This Christmas remember your children need you more than things. Have a Christian home where love is shut in and strife is shut out. Make this one of the best family Christmas ever. Build good unforgettable memories together. In later years Christmas will be remembered for treasured moments and memories, not merchandise. Naturally, the greatest Christmas gift is Christ (John 3:16). Christ is the meaning of Christmas. Without Christ there would be no Christmas or Christianity. This Christmas, remember your presence means more than your presents!

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