December 16                         There is more Emily Johnson

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am a huge Christmas lover!

Sometimes I begin listening to Christmas music in August, I get out my tree right after Halloween, and I have seen just about every Christmas movie there is. I have owned countless ugly Christmas sweaters throughout my lifetime. If this isn’t big enough evidence, ask my family about it. We really enjoy the holidays. We have so many festive decorations that we love to put up as a family after Thanksgiving, and we have a bunch of traditions that we’ve continued doing to this day. We love Christmas, so much. But I have to admit, I tend to lose focus.

I see those black Friday commercials that start in September. Flipping through our mail, I look at all of the many ads for the black Friday ‘must-have deals’, and I start developing a craving for that product. Whether it be a shirt I’ll never wear or a phone that will go from the ‘next big thing’ to the ‘oldest thing’ in a matter of months, I wish for it. Sometimes, I’ll even write it on my list. I have to admit, once I want something, I don’t stop thinking about it until I receive it. This is a terrible habit that I have, and it needs to stop. But I know I’m not alone.

This Christmas, I am being challenged to see Christmas in a different way. People talk about it ever year, but it seems to me as though this year, I’m finally mature enough to understand the concept. Going to the Christmas program and even the service on Christmas Eve, is not enough. If we are not filling ourselves with the love of Christ, how are we supposed to give willingly to others? Christmas is about Christ. But in this time of celebration, God calls us to give joyfully.

 “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

This is a wake-up call for me, and most-likely for you too.

This Christmas, I am challenged to give something to someone I normally wouldn’t give to. I hope you will do the same.

Take the time to write someone a card or bake someone cookies. Something as simple as that will show them you care about them. If you are someone who struggles to give up your finances, this is a great opportunity to go outside your comfort zone and show love to someone.

Think of others this Christmas. God bless, and Merry Christmas.


Consider and discuss:

God ‘gave’ His son at Christmas.


Why do you think it’s hard to ‘give’ without expecting anything in return?


How can you ‘give’ to others—especially those you wouldn’t normally ‘give’ to—this year?

Record some specific ideas here:



Watch this video together:

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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