We buy the presents. We buy into the pressure to spend, spend, spend.
We buy what we think others will like, need, deserve maybe.
Packaged, beribboned, sparkly, glittering, tantalising, tempting in their shiny splendour.
Such adornments can either mask the meagre offering within or suggest its inestimable worth.
With sweat of furrowed brow, thrust of elbow, throbbing of feet, jangling of nerves, jingling of coins, ringing of tills and emptying of wallets, we make our offering and sacrifice at the altar of Consumerism.
We assign worth and value to the things we purchase:consumables that can so easily consume us, our hearts, energy and time - because we are worth it - and so are the people we buy for: our loved ones, family and friends.
As gift-giving is one of my love languages it helps me to express how I care for those I buy for. That careful selection (Wish Lists and online shopping are such a boon) so often gives way to hastily thrown together parcels as I find myself drained, exhausted, depleted and dazed in an M.E - blurred and fogged race against the clock to get it all completed before The Day itself.
Each year I vow to change:
- To pace myself better
- To stop the panic.
- To buy less.
- To give more to charity.
- To cease from being sucked in by consumerism.
To stop. Be still. Reflect on The One who is worthy of my time, limited energy and attention. To make a priority to focus more on The Gift Himself rather than the gifts to purchase.
So much of what we celebrate is tainted by worldliness, a perennial keeping up with and out-smarting of the Joneses, while we demonstrate how multi-skilled, talented and capable we are at meeting the multiplicity of demands upon our lives - frantically juggling those numerous balls in the air (with a fixed smile on our faces) for all we are worth.
So much of our lives is dominated by the need to belong, fit in, be a part of what is current and trendy
The desire to fill our need for self-worth with Things can leave a gaping hole - an empty space of dissatisfaction, disillusionment, discouragement and despair once the lure of the new has waned.
We are worth more than that and we were created for so much more.
The holes in our existence
writ larger than we:
Things we chase
when a vaster Universe
lies within our reach:
not only Life
but our very
Our worthiness lies in recognising our need of change, then taking the first step of faith to being in relationship with God, The One who is worthy of the surrender of our hopes, dreams, expectations and lives into His hands.
"When the music fades,
all is stripped away
and I simply come;
longing just to bring
something that's of worth,
that will bless Your heart."...
©MattRedman1994 - You can click on the link to hear the full song
Let's try to remember in the rush and crush of Christmas - The Light of lights, King of kings, Lord of lords, Prince of peace, Word made flesh, Who deserves our every breath, prayer, praise and worship.
"I'm coming back to the heart of worship,
and it's all about You,
all about You, Jesus.
I'm sorry, Lord,
for the thing I've made it,
when it's all about You,
all about You, Jesus"
The heart of worship is to bow our hearts before God in wonder, adoration and surrender to all that He is and all that He has done for us in Jesus Christ.
The challenge before us this Christmas remains:
Who or what are we worshipping?
What gifts can you offer to God?
I'm linking up here with Tanya Marlow's Advent Thoughts - do check it out