So, I was bringing Tyler home today, and Parker and I were listening to Christmas songs on the radio and the song "Silver Bells" came on.... For once, I really listened to the lyrics:
City sidewalks busy sidewalks
dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing - people passing - meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear
Silver bells - silver bells
it's Christmas time in the city
Ring a ling - hear them ring
soon it will be Christmas Day
Strings of street lights even stop lights
blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch - see the kids bunch
this is Santa's big scene......
STOP. WAIT. "As the shoppers rush home with their treasures" Treasures? Treasures? Isn't that a bit of a strong word to use to describe a gift? And then I tried to rationalize it thinking that well maybe they got wicked good deals and so in that respect they are proud and they consider them treasures. However, I don't think that is the case.
Why is so much emphasis put on things of this world, especially around Christmastime? Do they not know it matters not what you store up on earth because you can't take it to Heaven.
So, as Christmas approaches I challenge you to really take the time and put the emphasis back where it belongs, on the birth of our Savior!