I woke up early the other day, crept downstairs and turned on the lights to the Christmas tree. Childhood memories of Christmases past began filling up my head as I sat gazing upon the tree. I remember the anticipation of opening the gifts on Christmas morning, traveling to my grandparents house on Christmas eve and the opportunity to play with my cousins. Somewhere in all the hustle and bustle there would be a trip or two to church where we would hear the Christmas story, the birth of Christ and the lighting of advent candles. One thing I knew about the advent candles, was the more that were lit the closer it was to Christmas and the opening of presents!
As I sat there reflecting on the past I thought about a truck and trailer I had received as a gift one Christmas in the 1960’s. It was a “mobile home” hooked to a truck like the one pictured. The roof lifted off and the interior was filled with furniture much like a doll house. Back then there wasn’t much of a difference between a travel trailer and a more permanent single wide mobile home as many people considered them both “house trailers”, as the term RV had not yet been coined. I thought about how the Christmases of my childhood had impacted me as an adult. Today I am actively involved in the RV industry and attend church on a regular basis to worship that baby born in a manager, who is the King of kings and Lord of lords. I thought about that toy truck and trailer some more and how valuable it would be today as a collectible, but also how the value of it doesn’t even begin to compare to the everlasting priceless present that was given in a manger over 2,000 years ago.
Now as Christmas 2015 approaches I think about what I will give to Christ this year for his birthday from my treasure, talent and time.
How about you?
As you reflect on Christmases of your youth, how have they shaped you and how will you celebrate Christmas 2015? Will you impact a youth with your love of RVing and for Christ?
May each and every one of you have a very Merry Christmas and many safe RVing adventures in the coming new year.