What’s better, what we work for or what we get for free?
It’s Christmas, so FREE, FREE, FREE! We want our tree to be packed with gifts for US, US, US!
Robert Walsh likes to tell of his first “good” bike, a used ten-speed he earned by shoveling snow and mowing lawns. He paid half, and his parents paid the rest with the caveat that he had to pay them back by the end of the year.
He made his final payment to his parents just before Christmas. He was proud of that bike because he’d earned it with hard work and determination, one dollar at a time.
Then, on Christmas morning, his parents gifted his younger sister with a brand-new bike FOR FREE!
Robert was devastated and didn’t understand when his father told him the new bike wasn’t really for his sister, but for Robert.
Robert knew better. It had a girly bar and a white basket on the handlebars. He only learned what his father meant years later.
That bike for his sister allowed them to become true friends, to explore the town together, even ride seven miles to take free tennis lessons together at the “town” courts.
That Christmas bike gave Robert and his sister the gift of friendship.
James 1:17 says it perfectly:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
Your gift this Christmas is Jesus, to give and receive. He will become the best friend you’ve ever known, there for you in every season of your life.
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