A Very Merry Christmas to you!
All too soon we are ending 2019 with just less than a week to enter into a new year! 2020! 2020 always rings a bell in the minds of the 80’s babies, VISION 2020 (twentey twentey! aba o! in Bukom Banku’s voice). It sounded so far off and now its a reality.
This year I thought about the message I would love to share with my OMT family. My last blog post for 2019 should leave a mark in the mind of readers. Many ideas run through my mind, from blogging on the journey of diving straight into entrepreneurship and quitting my full-time job last year (although this is not the first) to sharing my family’s testimony in 2019 how it looked impossible in the beginning but God saw us through the period with no scratches. Oh wait! What of M4C, the lovely mother’s group and the kind of genuine support we have extended to each other over the period. I had so much to talk about yet still wanted to send a short message that would also make an impact. Four years ago saw me Looking back one year down the line but this year it had to be a forward looking message.
Thanks to my mini me, business assistant and model for inspiring this post! Let me tell you about how it all started before I share the 5 reminders.
I picked up my daughter from school and she greeted me with, “Mom it is Christmas.” and I responded, “No it’s not yet Christmas.” She didn’t take my word for it and continued, “…but my teacher said it is Christmas.” I then tried explaining to no avail that school would close before Christmas that was the reason why they had their celebration early at school. At this point my experience as a parent told me this was a conversation in futility so I let it slide.
The following weekend we had another episode. She happily exclaimed to me, “Mom it’s Christmas and very soon Santa will bring us presents!” Abeg from what chimney? My dear your mother is a realist o. I told her there was nothing like Santa and that one too was a lot of back and forths, she didn’t want to concede. It’s like I never learn! I insisted that there was no Santa and it’s the parents who get the gifts for their children. That was the light bulb moment, if the kids do not understand the true meaning of Christmas how then would they impact the next line of generations to come?
Here are 5 short reminders supported with pictures of my kids to push the true Christmas agenda forward.
1. Christ is the reason for the season
It’s all about how the almighty one sacrificed his one and only begotten son for our sake. As much as it is a fun season and time to make merry let’s ponder over this and live lives that reflects the appreciation we have for this sacrifice. Let’s strive to be less self-indulgent and reach out to others who need help.
Lets bring a smile to their lips and make them believe that there is a good God who fulfills his promises through us.
2. Instead of asking Santa ask God
It’s time to teach our kids to rather ask God and not wish for Santa to fulfill their Christmas wishes. They might not understand but with time they will grow to appreciate what you teach them.
Buy them presents but let them know that it’s not all about the presents but it’s about spending quality time together. Just show them and they will grow to replicate it in their lives.
3. Pray for mom and dad
Matthew 19:14 reads, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
If Jesus himself welcomed these little ones imagine the impact their prayers can have. Let them know that mom and dad may not always meet their needs but they need more guidance from the great one. Praying to God on behalf of mom and dad is a big deal.
4. Give to others
Proverbs 22:6 reads Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. It’s never too early or late to engage in charity works and involve them in the process. Don’t go out and do it all alone. Let them know and see what you do so they can learn to appreciate what they have.
I keep telling my daughter but it seems it is yet to sink in at her age but I pray with time she will learn to appreciate and also that with each wasteful activity mom and dad’s money runs out quickly (That was my best way of driving home a point 🙂 ).
5. Love one another
Matthew 22: 37-39 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
This season and every other day, God wants to remind you that you are not alone and he loves you.
On that note we pray for strength, peace of mind, faith and prosperity in 2020. Thanks for believing in the OMT brand. We hope to make a greater impact in 2020.
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