Everyone loves Dopey, don’t they?

DopeyWhen people ask my daughter what her favourite Christmas present was she says Dopey. The irony of this is that it was probably her least expensive present which I bought for £1 at a car boot sale.

We bought my daughter other things as her main presents and if it had come down to buying Dopey new out of the Disney store then she wouldn’t have had him. She loves him more than the more expensive things she received and even more than the chocolate she received.

This has caused me to stop and reflect on how much we spend and what is important.

Do we really need to spend large amounts of money on presents?

Is money and expensive stuff what Christmas is really all about?

One of the things that made our Christmas more enjoyable was that we simplified our present buying. In previous years we have bought presents for all our nieces and nephews and in our large extended family this is very time consuming and stressful. This year we gave each family a gift instead which was a lot simpler. We made ice cream sundae kits with sundae glasses, sauces, sweets, sprinkles etc and it was nice to see people smile as they unwrapped them.

11For I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.(Philippians 4)

Do these words from the Bible reflect our feelings and experience?

Can we be content whether we have what we want or not? Paul who wrote these words explains the secret of his contentment ‘I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength’. Paul’s satisfaction and contentment were found in Jesus and so it didn’t matter what else he had.

How content are we?

What is driving us?

What is it that we are expecting to give us fulfilment in life?

2014 hadn’t been the easiest year for our family but I am trusting in and looking to Jesus as he leads us forwards.

I don’t have Dopey but I do have Jesus and so I am content!

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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