All I Want for Christmas

When we are here in the USA, I find it very easy to get distracted by everything around me, especially with Christmas right around the corner. Every store and website is bombarding us with all the things we \”need\” and convincing us that these things are sure to make us happier. Or if it\’s not that they will make us happier, then it\’s certainly something that we deserve. After all, times are tough and we\’ve worked hard!

And if I let my guard down for just a minute or two, I suddenly find myself thinking of me and my needs and my wants and my desires or those of my family. If I\’m not careful I justify those thoughts by telling myself things like, \”Well, we have had a really busy year\” or \”Well, I don\’t usually buy things for myself\” or \”It would be nice…\”

It is in that moment that I have to be intentional about taking every thought captive. The Apostle Paul says this:

\”We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge <sup class="xref" value="(D)\”>of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.\” (2 Cor 10:4b-6)

It is not that these \”things\” around me are bad in and of themselves. A lot of them are beautiful or useful or fun. It is that I allow my heart to desire them.

When I get into this mode where I am getting overwhelmed by my fleshly desires and wants, if I take a minute to stop and evaluate what it really is that I\’m seeking, I always find that it\’s something of little value and something that I know will only bring momentary enjoyment.

If I take a moment and listen to the Holy Spirit whispering in my ear, above the noise of this world, I find Him saying, \”But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, <sup class="xref" value="(B)\”>and all these things will be provided for you.\” (Matthew 6:33)

Then I smile and find that  these desires fade away. It\’s not that I have peace knowing God will give me all these earthly \”things\” that I think I want, because that\’s not it at all.

No, He\’s saying, \”I\’m enough. Seek me and you\’ll see that\”.

Suddenly I don\’t desire these earthly possessions anymore because I know that it is only God who can fulfill me. And that I don\’t deserve anything but by His grace and through His Son He has already given me everything.

And a new outfit or camera or i-gadget doesn\’t compare to that.

It\’s often in those moments I\’m reminded of those times when we are in the Jung|e, and I look into the faces of these beautiful, naked kids and I see these women who just want to know true love and we hear the chants of the witchdoctors as they summon up the spirits again in a futile effort to make the lives of the natives better and I hear about that little baby who died from dehydration and I think about how spoiled I am and how unworthy I am.

And I can\’t find it in me to care about what\’s under the tree this year.

When we travel to these churches, no matter how big or small, and I meet fellow missionaries and believers who God is using in unconventional and incredible ways in Africa and Asia and the Middle East and Europe and all over Central and South America and right here in the USA, somehow I can\’t focus on anything else but how big our God is and how awesome and humbling it is that He would use us to do anything at all for Himself.

Suddenly my heart is saying, \”What can I give?\” and \”How can I help?\” and \”I am so spoiled!\”

All I can see is Christ and the Gospel and everything else seems to fade away. And I know that these aren\’t my thoughts at all. We already saw what my desires were apart from Him! But Paul teaches \”for it is God who is working in us, [enabling us] both to will and to act for His good purpose.\” (Philippians 2.13)

Jesus said,  \”Don\’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy
and where thieves break in and steal.
But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven,
<sup class="xref" value="(Q)\”>where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves
don\’t break in and steal.\”
By God\’s grace, that\’s all I want for Christmas.

2 thoughts on “All I Want for Christmas

  1. Wow Ashely thank you for sharing your heart with us….All I want for Christmas rang such TRUTH to me personally. Jesus is are everything and so much more. The gift of our time and lives is precious in the sight of our Father. Blessings to you as you share your heart!


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