I’ve had the privelige of helping with crafts for our childrens ministry at church the last couple months. October was here and it was all spiderwebs and cornicopias. November came and went with turkeys and leaves. December! Finally, my favorite month to craft!!!! Christmas has soooo many possiblies all the way from Santa to Jesus the spectrum is wide, snowflakes and reigndeer, decorated trees and candycanes, wisemen and the beautiful story of the birth of our Savior!
Before me was a lady that as a mom of 4 that homeschools was needing a break from it all. As a mom of 3, even with my boys in school, I too at times need a break! I had tried reaching out to her in my somewhat at times overpowering positivity and she would full body shutter, spout a negative comment and flee in the opposite direction.
I was so excited with the kids as we made our strips to countdown to when Santa would bring us presents! Then that mother came over and was upset. She said to her daughter “what a waste for us, its useless”. I was hurt and upset. Then the more I thought about it I got mad and defensive! I came home and my hubby noticed my mood, in asking me what’s wrong he had unleashed all my fury on the issue. He then said what he always does “calm down, breathe, and pray” Okay I told myself. There had to be a reason, maybe she’d had a bad day or something?
In getting ahold of a friend I found out they don’t participate in secular Christmas. Meaning no tree, no Santa, no presents. WHAT?! Crazy was my first thought, I mean how could you be Baptist and NOT celebrate Christmas in its entirty? I went to bed praying for God to grant me understanding and to open my heart.
My bible study the next morning held the answer to my prayers! In Romans 14 Paul tells us “1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge….10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”
WOW! So I thought about that and then said “okay God, I get it”. I went to Pintrest, my newest obsession as a crafter, and found all the Jesus ONLY crafts for the class! I thought or rather God reviled to me that her conviction was to not support the world but only the Savior, who was I to try to make her stumble?
Wednesday night I was able to take her to the side. I told here that she had upset me in her rudeness but that I was thankful for it. She laughed! She explained that Christmas is a holy day to celebrate and remember our Savior, the one who died for our sins and remember Him only! She reashured me that her children do NOT want for anything. They have plenty and when I thought about it we all do. I so do not look forward to Christmas for the sole reason of rearranging my boys mass amount of toys for new ones, and honestly half of them stay in boxes till after the new year! The pressure of just who to buy for or not buy for, gone! Wish I could do this one myself really. Though at this stage in the game of life I’m not sure the rest of my family would go for it.
I thought “JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!” and these kids are all going to get enough Santa and world views, here I have the oppritunity, no the resposbility to pass on to these kids the REAL meaning of the holidays. By the way she told me they kept the countdown chains and wrote family members names on each one for every night they would pray special prayers for that person.
A baby was born! An innocent beautiful baby of loving parents that grew and loved and was loved. As a man he lead thousands, Savation from certain death by just believing in HIM! He was cruely punished for every deed we have done and still will do wrong (He was…. so we won’t be). He was born, He died but rose again, He will be back but for now we must remember, we must celebrate, we must pass on the story of salvation.
We hugged and laughed this mom and I, we both apoligised for our ill temper and said thank you for the learning in it all.
Just as our sins are all different so too are our convictions. Do not judge another by their sin, but also do not judge another by their conviction. If I choose to do something or to not do something because of my loyality to my Lord then who of you can say its is true or not? My conviction is not yours, my relationship with my Heavenly Father is my own as yours is your own.