Tradition or Truth

The holidays always get me sentimental. I never placed a lot a weight on tradition before I had children. In fact I probably went against tradition on purpose 🤣

What can I say.. I’m a little hard headed 🤷🏻‍♀️

After my father in law passed away in June of 2020, the idea of tradition and my legacy was alot heavier.

What will my kids remember about me?

What will they do with their children?

All of these questions had me a little stressed. What do I need to do every year for Christmas?

We have to cook Christmas cookies, we have to see Santa, we need to see lights, we have to bake Jesus a birthday cake, we can’t forget the real meaning…. And on and on.

Sound familiar?

All of these thoughts all because of a holiday, when reality is this

“What we do every single day is what they will remember and carry on”

I want my legacy to be loving Jesus and loving people. If I commit to those two things then my actions will go accordingly.

Do I want to carry on family traditions? Of course! They are fun, but they aren’t the end all be all. If things falls apart, we adjust and make it work. This past Christmas Eve I wanted to bake a birthday cake for Jesus and make cookies with cookie cutters for Santa.

That’s what we did last year and it was fun.

Well low and behold we get ready to go about baking and I didn’t have vegetable oil, the eggs were rotten, and the cookie dough I bought was not the kind you can cut. Initially I wanted to be annoyed and have myself a big ole pity party. When you got a beautiful red headed 4 year old watching your every move… you just can’t!

So what did I do?

I told her the lessons I learned and that mama isn’t perfect. I also decided we could make play dough cookies 🤪

She might remember the mess up, but I know she will remember the fun and the time we spent together.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8 ESV

What Paul teaches us in Colossians is the only tradition that matters. The tradition of walking in Him and being rooted in the Word. If you are doing that, then everything else will fall into place and your legacy will continue on in a positive way that impacts multiple generations.

Our kids need us.

Our presence, our love, and our faith.

If that means you bake a cake every Christmas Eve without fail, then by golly bake the cake, but don’t forget who the cake is for. Jesus doesn’t need a cake 😝

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