If this were my last Christmas, I would play less on my phone. I would watch less TV, and bake a lot with my kids. I would try and imprint special memories so they would know for sure in the hard days ahead, that they are good, strong, beautiful and priceless. I would encourage them to never discount themselves to a price others think is fair.
My personal ambitions would no longer be a race that I am trying to complete, but my only quest would be how much I could pour into others. I wouldn’t miss church. I would forgive easily, and not mind our differences as much. I would understand that we each have our own journey, and know that I had the opportunity to walk among some amazing people in my time.
If this were my last Christmas, I would enjoy the food, champagne, and chocolates without guilt. I would bundle up and take walks in the snow with my family, and also alone. I wouldn’t rush unless it was to get a hug, and then I would embrace longer than usual. I would worry less, trust more, and have faith for the best.
If this were my last Christmas, each gift I sent would have meaning. Rather than what a person’s wants or expects, I would plant a seed that I hoped would grow in their hearts.
If this were my last Christmas, I would no longer strive to win approval and love from those who withhold it, but I would rather enjoy the relationships that love me for who I am, and be content. I wouldn’t cry for what I will miss, but be so very grateful for the abundance of beautiful moments I have been given. I would know that during my time here, I have seen the very best that the world has to offer – to love, and smile knowing that it would be the one thing I would be able to keep that with me as I go.
This Christmas, I'll choose to live like it is the last. Savoring each moment as a one of a kind, I'll be grateful for another day to love, while my heart is full of anticipation for the coming of the King.
1 Corinthians 13
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never fails.
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