Your Gift

Sitting in my kitchen this morning thinking of you guys and having just made my coffee, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of a gift that you’ve already received. One that it greater than any gift you will receive this Christmas, better than any you’ll give.

…she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christa the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Those of you who’ve followed me for a long time know that the last few Christmas’ have been pretty rough around my house. But no matter how crazy life gets, no matter how painful, my Gift is always there waiting for me. He will never leave me or forsake me. No Apple product, or clothes, or even a brand new Ferrari can ever come close to that.

I’m not saying I would turn them down! I’m just saying that they will fade in time, but God’s love for us never will.

Merry Christmas incredibly loved Children of God!

31 thoughts on “Your Gift”

  1. Chris, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you as well my friend! Thank you for the beautiful reminder of the meaning to Christmas. May you and your family have a JOYFUL, WONDERFUL, and BLESSED holiday! Same goes to the tribe – may each of you experience joy, warmth, cheer, and blessings!!!
    Live Beyond Awesome.
    Jen

  2. Thanks Chris and so true. Your words of inspiration have been outstanding to me over the last couple years as I’ve built a small biz. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Well its good to know you wouldn’t turn down a ferrari! haha. I’ll keep that in mind as I’m doing my last minute shopping bro 😉 haha.

    Merry Christmas, thanks so much for everything! You’ve made a HUGE difference in my life this past year! Looking forward to a lot more!

  4. Merry Christmas Chris to you and your family. Thanks for a great year of running a killer blog and podcast! I am grateful for you, your organization, and being a part of the great community you have built here.

    Hope you all have a safe, happy, and HEALTHY 2013!

      1. Same to you and your family, Mark!
        (Although, it’s been said many times, many ways…)

        I’m grateful to have met you!
        Matt M, not so much. (JK, Matt! Merry Christmas to you, too, buddy!)

  5. Well done brother well done. Thank you for your gifts of teaching and the love for sharing great wisdom we all can use daily in our own passions. Merry Christmas

  6. Thanks Chris! Have a blessed Christmas and a very happy 2013. I hope you get a cool new outfit and a new Apple product that you can use while driving your new Ferrari :0)

    And Merry Christmas to the whole CLoBlog Tribe!!! Thanks for being a blessing!

  7. Merry Christmas Chris,

    I grew up near Lake Tahoe, my parents lived in S. Lake Tahoe until 2011. I went to grade school in a 2 room school house at Kyburz. Went to high school in Placerville at El Dorado High.

    I have had a rough last few years also. It is so nice when I pay attention to see God working in my life and my children’s. I love the God is so awesome moments of my life. He has never left me even when I was mad at him. It still is amazing that we are incredibly loved children of God. I have 4 children and they are all believers that is my best Christmas gift for always.

    Like you, I would not turn down a Viper, I like the way they purr, or a nice F350 truck.

  8. Merry Christmas to you too, Chris, and many blessings for your family in the new year. You have made a HUGE difference in my life this year, and I look forward to more learning and growing next year.

    And Merry Christmas to the whole tribe – I am amazed at how close we’ve all become and what connections we have. I treasure you all as friends and wish the best for you in the new year.

  9. Chris, may God continue to bless you, the family and the ministry. I appreciate your leadership through the fire! It speaks volumes of your character and strength through our Savior who was born today! Merry Christmas! My wife and I are looking forward to more inspiration in 2013

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