Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas...1 Corinthians 13 Style

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family,

I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family.

Or the Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls...7 pans of them.

I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family,

Cameron caroling in the nursing home with the 3rd grade.

it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ,

Or a shimmering candle I made.

I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, through harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return,

but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust...
but giving the gift of love will endure.

~Author Unknown~
{Borrowed from my friend, Amber, at {aefilkins}}

Let us focus on the true meaning of CHRISTmas!



Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Yep, tears. This is so true, and such an important reminder {especially to me these last couple of days while I'm feeling a bit of chaos}. Thanks so much for sharing, Rhonda!

He & Me + 3 said...

That was awesome. I had never heard that before. Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas!

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

That was wonderful- thanks for the gentle reminder. As I spent all day baking (and yelling at the kids- keepin it real!!).

Merry Christmas!


Pam said...

Very well said! Thanks for sharing. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas

You inspire me!
Love ya

Nina's Recipes said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! XO

Miller Racing Family said...

That was the best post you have ever done. You truly reminded me the importance of Christmas. (I also love all your decorations and activities for Christmas) Thank you so much for sharing this Rhonda, what a blessing.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas with your family!

Amie's Ideas said...

Merry Christmas! I hope your day is blessed!!

Cristelle said...

Dear Rhonda,
thank you for following my blog ! And for the nice pictures you put ! your house look beautiful ! full of CHRISTmas spirit ! I wish you and your family a wonderful NOËL :)

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Great minds think alike :)! Merry Christmas!

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