Burk Parsons tweeted something yesterday that deepened my resolve to examine our parenting around this time of year:
Parents: Are you parenting your kids to look forward more eagerly to the coming of Santa Claus or the coming of Christ?
— Burk Parsons (@BurkParsons) November 30, 2014
Of course, its easy to turn something like this into a massive guilt trip and throw yourself into a legalistic, law-based mindset about Jesus-centeredness during advent, but my heart is indeed to show my kids Jesus, and it is impossible to escape Santa this time of year. What to do?
It is difficult (though worth it) to craft a daily devotional for my wife and kids to make sure we keep our focus grounded. However, there is also the option of using a devotional someone else has created.
Marty Machowski has created a wonderful resource for us in Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus. My family is using it this season, and I love it. [Continue reading]