Alright, men. How many of you have started your Christmas shopping? I know ... I know ... you still got a couple more weeks. And yeah, I know your wife already has it all taken care of. But what about you? Why haven't you gone shopping? If you're like me (and I think most men are) you don't really like shopping, especially Christmas shopping. The traffic, the noise, the whole commercial mindset, and worst of all--the stress on the finances!
I'm with you. But what about the kids? I've been thinking about my kids and how they love Christmas. What kid doesn't? As a dad, I want to make Christmas fun and memorable. I don't want to just sit there on the sidelines as my kids open their gifts wondering what else "mommy" got them this year. I want to be a good gift-giver. I want to be a thoughtful gift-giver. Why? Because it represents God to my kids. Matthew 7:11 says:
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
It must be said that God's good gifts may not always match up with our ideas of what we should have. But he wants what is best for us. He is good. And he assumes that we (even as sinners) want to do the best for our children. We want to give them what they need. We want to give them good gifts.
So, this Christmas, give your children good gifts. Shop online if you have to. And think about how you can give each of them a thoughtful gift (no matter how small ... even the gift of unhurried, undistracted time) that will point them to a gracious God who gives us more than we deserve.