It’s the day before Christmas Eve. A day in our house we affectionately call, “Christmas Adam.” I’ll let you piece that together! For obvious reasons, I am a fan of this day.
For most of you, I would like to think it is a day of preparation and planning. There will be cooking, cooking and more cooking. Christmas presents are getting wrapped and put under the tree. So much to do and so little time. Christmas is only two days away!
What a day it will be! Nothing beats the look on my kids face as they open the presents they were given. It’s so much fun to sit around the table with family and friends as you eat the food that was prepared. As much as we would like every day to be Christmas, it just can’t be. And there can’t be a Christmas without a “Christmas Adam.” It has to start somewhere.
In the same manner, the Christmas story didn’t start with an empty tomb, or even a manger. It started with a young lady willing to say yes. She said yes to going about her life with added complications. It started with a young man willing to listen and not get a divorce. It started with shepherds being diligent in the fields and wise men willing to travel day after day, week after week.
We don’t often see this side of things. When you’re opening the presents you don’t see the time and money spent beforehand. When you eat the meal, you usually don’t think of the time it took to prepare it. We only see the surface, the tip of the iceberg you might say. We see the end result of something worked hard for.
In Zechariah 4:10 it says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” God has placed a dream in your heart. He has given you passions and talents, purpose and vision. Seeing the fruition of these is similar to Christmas. It’s what we want to live in, where we desire to end up. Just like every Christmas needs a Christmas Adam, so every dream needs a small beginning.
We must now and always be faithful with the little we have been given. The planning and preparing are needed. The time and money is essential. There is work to do in the here and now. It’s not always glamorous and it’s not always in the spotlight. But it is all necessary. Put in the effort. Pay it forward. Work hard in the mundane. Find the joy in the grind.
If you want to see your Christmas come to pass in your life, let’s start with your Christmas Adam!