KYLEE BELIEVES IN SANTA!
There, I said it!It's an ironic turn of events.
There are two children before her... neither of which believe now, nor ever believed, in Santa. And rightly so, as Paul and I decided early on in Brenden's life, to exclude Santa from our Christmas beliefs and traditions. We never wanted our children to believe in something that wasn't true and then come to us at some point with the question, "Well, if Santa wasn't real... does that mean Jesus isn't real either?"
Kylee, against all familial input and direction, has decided that Santa does indeed exist and is worthy of all hope and love. And I will admit, her zeal for Santa is adorable.
But it got me to thinking...
How many of us believe with everything in us, in something UNWORTHY of belief? or hope in something that is hopeless? or truly wait for the arrival of something that doesn't exist?
I know I have. And do. I could write a long list of areas where I believe, hope, love... foolishly. Believing I will become who I am supposed to be without investing time and or treasure into the kingdom of God... hoping to be a size 6 without dieting or exercising... waiting for my relationship to become that of Cinderella and Prince Charming despite the fact that storybook endings are unrealistic and damaging to actual relationships.
I wonder what would happen if we put the zeal we have for our "Santas" into our relationships with God. If we believed, hoped, loved... God the way we do the things not of Him that yield minimal returns...
Just a thought...
Praying we place our faith, hope and love not in the things of this world but in an eternal God who loves us with an unfailing, never-ending, hope-filled Love.
Happy 2009 Friends!