What is excess? You’ve read the controversy about the mom in the U.K. who took a photo of the three-hundred Christmas presents under and around her tree. Certainly that seems excessive. At least, that’s what many seem to think.
I can’t help but wonder—what defines excess.
More than three? More than twenty? Fifty? More than what’s around my tree?
Is it simply more than I can do. More than I have?
I’ve never lived without. Oh sure, there have been times when we had to do with less. Waaaay less. But without. Never.
Even growing up, I don’t remember doing without…
My mom was a beautiful seamstress. She made all my clothes, and because she loved to sew I had a lovely wardrobe growing up.
I’ll never forget my Magical Pink Christmas.
As far as I can remember, it was my fifth Christmas. We had moved to a new house that year so my mom was starting fresh with Christmas decorations.
Tiny pink lights were the “newest” thing; so, mom decorated the tree with pink lights, pink and silver ornaments, and tinsel. I wish I had a picture to show you. It’s the kind of tree that had princess written all over it.
That year had been stressful and hard for my parents. A move, a miscarriage, and a little girl with non-stop tonsilitis . . . and those are just the things impressed on my little heart and mind.
But that Christmas morning as we walked into the living room before the sun was up, my eyes were met by not only the princess tree but a Gerber baby doll, a tulle draped bassinette, and a complete layette of clothes stitched together after I’d gone to bed each night.
Why do I share this special memory with you?
To ask the question . . . is that excessive?
It depends on how much someone can afford. Excess is different for each of us isn’t it?
I’m want to keep my post short today because I’d like you to go over and read a couple of other posts that make this point extremely well.
Rev wrote this post for Faith ‘n Friends
about this childhood memory.
And my friend Mary Flaherty shared the following at
It’s our featured post this week.
Please take a few minutes to read and be inspired by these powerful posts. Then remember . . . to first give love this Christmas. Love to those with AND to those without. May we share the heart of Jesus. May we be His hands and feet. May we speak peace and allow His Spirit to do the convicting in us and in others.
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