As a college student, we get so caught up in the business of homework and studying for tests. As a Christian college student, we get caught up in the college stuff too but also the world. I know it sounds cliche but we take for granted the moments for the thanksgiving around us; Not just for the holiday of Thanksgiving, but giving thanks to those who have taught us the necessities of life. Even today, I was busy cooking for my PEP students and I wasn’t realizing who taught me in how to cook. I had not really thought of how thankful I am for my mom teaching me how to cook. Without her willing to teach me, I don’t know how I would survive going through life and just simply eating at home. I thanked my mother as I was cleaning dishes since I take it for granted every day.
Later on, one of my roommates comes back to the house with a CHRISTMAS TREE!! It’s a big deal at my house from where I go to college because one of other roommates does not simply celebrate Christmas after Thanksgiving at all. She despises looking at the tree and absolutely hates hearing Christmas songs.
As she was going off on my other housemate, I started thinking she should be grateful because some adult or even a kid somewhere would give anything to see a Christmas tree if it was fake or not. That person would be so in love of how every light and ornament is strategically placed on the tree. I’m not even joking when I have tears in my eyes thinking how a kid is crying or just so stinkin sad that they wouldn’t be able to see a Christmas tree or even buy one. It simply breaks my heart.
Yes, it’s the season of Thanksgiving. But we should always be thankful for what we have.
Christmas is a time for hope and love. For me, that motto is true because the season gave me hope as a young teen when I didn’t see the hope in my life. The season was a way of not feeling depressed or sad all the time. All the flickering lights were numerous points that Jesus was pointing out. This simile goes on to explain that He was the only one that knew that there were going to be numerous rewards and treasures he had laid out for me in the future. As a 22 year old, I have been able to see some of those rewards. The treasures are the ornaments that hang on my life that is promised to me by my personal King. And the star on top of tree, it is the biggest treasure I have way up in the future: heaven.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” Psalm 100:4 (ESV)
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21