Having a 1 and 1/2 year old is a blast. He’s got so much personality and he’s recently become very chatty. He doesn’t know any words except “Dada”, which is awesome, however. My wife and I look forward to the time when he can begin to communicate with us and really interact.
I’ve been told by other parents they thought the same thing until their child did start learning words and would just say the same ones over and over and over again. I’ve also worked with kids enough to know many kids favorite question: “but, why?” The first time or two they ask it is okay. It’s the 17th time in a row when your patience begins to slip and you eventually resort back to the classic, “because i said so!”
As adults we would do well to hang on to that annoying trait where we question things, even the most basic things. Many times we have just come to accept things without wondering why we do them or have accepted them as part of our life.
A lot of people decorate their trees this time of year. They put up all kinds of decorations decked out in red and green. Some get into the Santa lore, others completely reject it. We sing Christmas carols and in general feel more hospitable and charitable around the Christmas season.
I would doubt many people know why we decorate with trees, why Christmas colors are red and green, who the historical figure really was that Santa Clause is based around. Some things we accept without question, others we reject based on our own perceptions. Not often do we actually research something and seek the truth about a subject.
We would do well this Christmas season to evaluate everything we are doing and really ask the question, “but, why?” to everything we find ourselves doing. Some of the things we do during the Christmas season were meant to point our eyes to the Savior or certain aspects of His character or remind us of the gospel story, but they don’t accomplish any of these things because we don’t ask why.
We should always know why we do something or choose not to do something. We should be informed and make informed decisions. Let us handle the Christmas season as well as we are to handle the Word of God and the truths He has entrusted to us.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15