Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I'll Give Him My Heart

What can I give him
Poor as I am
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb
And if I were a wise man
I would do my part
Yet what can I give Him
Give Him my heart

I am touched by these words of an older Christmas carol called "In the Bleak Midwinter". It's one of my favorites but I never studied them as closely as I have this Christmas.  

The passage of lyrics that I chose certainly paint a vivid picture of how the songwriter thought of our relationship with God. The only problem is that we don't any thought to giving anything to God. Sure, we give to the salvation army bucket in front of  the department store and give gifts to each other but little thought goes into giving back to God. When I was younger, my theatre teacher told us to imagine that it was our birthday and no one bothered to give you any special attention. In our consumeristic attitudes we don't think about giving our gifts he's blessed us with back to him. Maybe He's calling you to give something up in order to be closer to him. He could be calling you to spend more quiet time with him in the coming year. 
 It is time for this generation to understand that but live in a lifestyle that we give regularly back to God. 
 So what can you give God this Christmas? Give him your heart!