There’s nothing wrong with that, right? Well it’s around this time I also see the following messages about materialism. Parents get chastised on Social Media about the number of gifts, the size of the gifts. They’re not teaching the ‘real meaning of Christmas’. I usually pose the question, “Your meaning of Christmas or the true meaning, Jesus Christ?” It never gets the warm fuzzy response. It’s usually followed by the usual defense about Christians are wrong and hypocrites. There is a reason to why I share my photos of the entire Christmas scene in my home. I take my thinking from Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV):
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Every gift under my tree, and yours, is a representation of those good works. It’s a testament to how God has blessed you through the year to get to the point you’re at now. Readers won’t know about the job loss, the bills that didn’t get paid on time, when you came up short on the mortgage or rent. No, they don’t know that. Those that know you will get it. They will see what God has done for you and testify on your behalf without you even knowing it. That ripple affect changes those hearts that look at what’s under your tree. Those that don’t believe will see what God can do when you hang in there. Those that believe get motivated by seeing God’s masterwork in your life.
Social Media Guidance for Sharing Christmas Tree Photos
- When you post your photo, post your testimony with that photo. Talk about what God has done for you and your family.
- Share how God has blessed you to be a blessing to others
- Remind people that while there are gifts under the tree because of God’s grace, Christmas is about the birth of Christ, period.
- Finish with a call of inspiration to those who are “going through it”. Remind them that Jesus has not forgotten them, and always responds on time.
Make your post a blessing to others. We’re here, now let’s go there.