"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18, NIV
My Best Christmas
I ran all my past Christmases through my head to see which one was my best. I thought about my first new bicycle when I was 10. Then I let the years roll by and one stuck out as the absolute best I ever had. It was my last.
Last year in the fall I was baptized into the Church. My wife had just finished her Nursing degree. We went 3 years while she was in school without that second salary, so there was no extra money. My daughter and son in law live with us along with my adopted granddaughter, not a real financial “boost” there. He is in college full time, she works and pays her own bills. People think I’m crazy, but I absolutely love them living with us. The “other” kids is a Pharmacist, married, couple of kids. He’s doing fine. My wife announced to me she wanted to join the church. I felt real good about that.
Christmas day, we had everyone over, opened toys to shouts of joy that morning while the men assembled the “air swimmer.”It’s a cool toy. Floats through the air and swims like a fish. Remote controlled. I don’t think my granddaughter got to play with it Christmas night! I joked once in a while about being the “patriarch” of the family, I was in command! At the end of the night my son in law thanked me for a wonderful Christmas and complimented me on my expert choice of toys. I believe I heard the phrase “best grampa ever” at least once during the day. I went to bed. It took me 56 years to get it right!
When I pray I have a problem. I never have anything I want to pray for. I always end up just telling God thanks. I’m good at listing my blessings. I can be real specific about them. It makes me feel like I am self centered and spoiled. Why has He been so good to me? I go to church every week and attend classes to learn more about God’s plan. I think I’m “getting it.”
P. S. (Oh yeah, I also got a Bible and a coat!)
Message: “Love” has become a very common word, in our day to day life. But not all the people know the actual meaning of it or know how to express it. Love should be shown to others through our actions. Love should be truthful without any guiltiness or covering up. Express your love through your actions, not through your words.