True Gifts: When the New Wears Off

On Tuesday I returned home from almost two weeks of travel, so I began to put away all the gifts that I received for Christmas. As I was placing a few new shirts in the closet, I noticed a shirt that I received only last year. Although I still classify it as a nice shirt, I distinctly noticed that the once vibrant colors had begun to fade. As I was thinking about how quickly the new wears off, I took a moment to reflect on the true gifts in my life.

Salvation – The hope of Christ is what the Christmas season is all about. Shirts may fade, electronics might short circuit, and money leaves as quickly as it comes. Regardless of circumstances, though, nothing can ever separate us from the love and the hope found in Christ.

Family – 2012 saw an addition to my family. In September I married my beautiful bride, and we started on our journey together. Nothing in this world compares to the love I have for my family. My niece and nephew are also very special to me. Words cannot describe the joy I feel when they jump into my arms.

CentriKid – While I certainly enjoyed time off, I feel very fortunate to be able to say that I was looking forward to returning to work in the new year. It is a blessing to be able to work with co-workers that are my friends and to truly know that the work that I do has eternal significance. I’m so excited to see the extraordinary ways that God will move through CentriKid Camps in 2013.

Although the Christmas season has come to an end, I can’t help but recall the words of one of my favorite Christmas songs: When you’re worried and you can’t sleep, count your blessings instead of sheep, and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings” (Count Your Blessings, Bing Crosby). As you begin this new year and the “newness” of the things you got for Christmas begins to wear off, take time to reflect on the true gifts in your life.

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Henry Dutton

Henry received a MA in Christian Studies and a BA in English, both from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He began working for CentriKid in 2008 and joined the office team in 2012.

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