Focus on Jesus – Ignore Materialism

What are your priorities this Christmas? 

Christmas celebrations reveal how the world’s priorities differ from those of the Kingdom of God. The world tells you that if you have more money, you’ll be happier. The world tells you that you’re a good parent if you can afford to buy your kids everything on their Christmas list. The world tells you to show your love by what you spend on others, but God says that you’re a good parent if you love and care for your children. God says that believers have true riches that money cannot buy. Many young families feel pressured to buy lots of toys for their children, then they struggle the following year paying off their credit card debt. Please, don’t burden yourself in that way. Children treasure time and experiences that toys just can’t provide. They will remember time with you long after they forgot whatever was in the package!

Couples feel the need to borrow money in order to provide something meaningful. Can I suggest that it’s more meaningful to stay out of debt? Read O. Henry’s short story, The Gift of the Magi. You can find it online or listen to it on Youtube. It begins like this: “One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time.” It has a great message for any couple too broke to buy gifts. Choose to break free of nagging materialism so you can focus on the One who was born in a lowly manger. He remains the best Christmas present of all. 

And if materialism has burdened you with credit card debt, I recommend Christian Credit Counselors. They’ll create a debt management plan specifically for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.