Oh! It’s a seed of legalism. That stinks.
This Christmas, I got almost a complete makeover. I got new hair, new clothes, new shoes, new makeup… Yes, I even went with my sister and got my bellybutton pierced. It was a whirlwind; and a lot of fun – I must admit.
One of my favorite gifts I got from my parents was a pair of Ugg boots. They are the real deal. I couldn’t believe it. I never even thought about owning a pair. They fit perfectly; they keep my feet dry and warm during our cold, wet winters in Hannibal; they’re stylish… Yeah, they’re great.
And they made me completely miserable for the first week or two that I owned them.
Why? Well, I’ll tell you. I didn’t want people to think I was silly, or frivolous, or ungodly, or materialistic. Because I know that people everywhere notice my shoes, and go through that entire thought process.
“I’m a 25 year old wife and mother of two. I have no business wearing these things. I look like a teenager.” (my thoughts)
Then I realized I was being silly. My new boots were a gift from my parents. They have been blessed and they LOVE to give gifts. Instead of being thankful for warm, dry feet, I was feeling shame because I thought I seemed ungodly.
So, I’m going to enjoy mu boots, be thankful to my parents for them, but most of all, be thankful to God, who gives all good gifts.
I’m also going to be fighting to kill that ugly seed of legalism that tells me that God my Father doesn’t want good things for his children.
The whole issue is in the heart. What do you love more? The gift, or the giver, creator, sustainer of all things?