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What do you really need for Christmas? A man came home late from work to find his seven-year-old son waiting for him. The first thing his son said was, “Dad, how much money do you make in an hour?” “Son, I make $50 an hour.” “Well, Dad can I borrow $25?” “Yes, son but for what?” Without saying a word, the boy ran to his room, returned with some crumpled bills and added it to the money from his dad. He ran back saying, “Dad, now I have $50. Can I buy one hour of your time?”

It seems this generation seeks valuables but not values. Many want the newest, fastest, and most costly technology gifts. But when all the gifts have been opened and they face the new year, it seems something is still missing. Things just do not fulfill that emptiness within (Psa. 107:9). The greatest things in life are not things, but people. Don’t love things – love people. Also an inheritance is when you leave things, but a legacy is when you leave you. You will be remembered long after the inheritance is gone. This Christmas bring your family together and say to them, “We are family and I love us!” The greatest gift you can give your family is YOU. We are family and each one is very important. I need you, you need me, and we all need the Lord.

There is a difference between a house and a home. A home is where love is shut in and strife is shut out. Note: “If children live with: Criticism: They learn to condemn. Hostility: They learn to fight. Ridicule: They learn to be shy. Shame: They learn to feel guilty. Encouragement: They learn confidence. Praises: They learn to appreciate. Fairness: They learn justice. Security: They learn faith. Approval: They learn to like themselves. Acceptance: They learn to live in this world. Love: They learn to love others. Godliness: They learn to love God” – Unknown.

It has been said that “Good Godly parents are one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” This Christmas remember loving family moments are precious and priceless. This Christmas give treasured moments and memories, not just merchandise. Naturally, the greatest Christmas gift is always Christ (John 3:16). Christ is the meaning of Christmas. Without Christ, there would be no Christmas or Christianity. His presence is our greatest present (John 3:16). There is no substitute for His  presence and peace 

Remember, “Loving moments make lasting memories.” This coming year make loving moments so you will have lasting memories. So as your family gathers to open presents, with love in your heart, be thankful, and know their presence means more than the presents. People will also remember your presence long after the presents are gone.

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