Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. —Matthew 6:31-34

What do you want for Christmas? Every year we ask the question; admit it! Why is that question important? Now we’re getting to the heart of the matter.

Christmas is the season of joy, the season of promise, the season of gain. Everything about Christmas has to do with change, new directions, new chances propelling us into a new year. Optimism abounds, and it should. Here we remember the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, who later sacrificed Himself to take away our sins so that we can be with Him and the Father in life eternal.

We always are in transition; time flows on. As we ride on the sea of time, we are propelled by forces beyond our control. But Christmas is the time we can ask for presents. What do you want for Christmas? Do you want a bigger boat? A new car? A new house?

My great uncle Heber Forbes used to say that if you sell people what they need, you’ll make a living, but if you sell them what they want, you’ll get rich!

But, in spite of Uncle Heber’s advice, we do not know how long we will be afloat on the sea of time. So let’s think of gifts that are more useful than boats, cars and houses. A rudder to steer us through the sea of time? A compass to show us the way to our destination?

The beauty of Christmas is that Jesus has given us those gifts, and they are the most precious gifts we can receive. We have them in Jesus.

So, sail away into the new year with God’s word as your rudder and the love of Christ as your compass! You will never be lost.

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