I check the 75-90% sale racks all year long, just a quick look, whenever I go to my favorite stores, and if there is something special, I quickly pick it up and add it to the bins in the garage that hold next year's Christmas stockings for our 6 grandkids.
This morning I found some more treasures, and as I am adding them to the stash, and thinking about what will go where, and maybe even personalizing some of it... it occurred to me how carefully and joyfully I prepare for Christmas all year long, and how it intensifies when December comes.
The next thought was...
Do I prepare for eternity with the same diligence, preparation and joy?
Some days... yes.
Other days... what on earth am I doing?? I can go running around and hours go by without one thought of anything eternal.
Oh how I pray that my heart and life would treat God's work and His kingdom in the same way I treat the celebration of Christmas.
So that... every day my life will say Merry Christmas Jesus!