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The Gift

Can a Gift Change Your Life?

I still remember Christmas morning 1983. It was early, of course, and my siblings and I rushed downstairs to the living room to see what “Santa” had left us in our stockings. I froze in the middle of the staircase because sitting in front of my stocking was a brand new BMX bicycle. I stared at it for so long that my mouth started to get dry (it was hanging open; I was in shock).

facebcaa0aabe427605d343b86e95165Everything was better with that bike. I got my paper route done quicker…rode faster than all my friends…jumped higher off the curbs in our neighborhood.

It. Changed. My. Life.

A couple years later I traded it to my friend, and I don’t even remember what I got in exchange. So that’s why I ask: Is there really a gift that could change your life? It’s fun to think about.

Screen Shot 2016-11-23 at 14.04.05A friend recently sent me Zillow link to a 5.3 million dollar home for sale on the coast in Beverly, MA. I replied, “Is this my Christmas gift?”

A gift like that would change your life…or would it? The more I think about it, the more I become convinced that it wouldn’t really change anything, but only magnify things. Magnify the mortgage, the cleaning, the maintenance…my life wouldn’t really change…it would just become more of what it is.

For life to really change, something much bigger has to happen than just getting a gift like all the other gifts we give each year. For a gift to change my life it has to change the way I look at everything: why I’m here, where I’m headed, what it’s all for, where we’re all going…what’s really valuable, what’s really true…what’s really worth my time, energy and love?

I think there is such a gift. The message behind Christmas is about a gift that changed everything for this world. It’s a gift that changed my life. And I think it could change your life too.

You’ll find a series of talks about The Gift here, and I hope that you will find that it changes your life.

Pastor Anders