The Little Drummer Boy

What’s your favorite Christmas song? 

I can never narrow it down to just one.  So, if I could choose two, I would have to say “What Child is This?” and “White Christmas.”  One of Carl’s favorites is “The Little Drummer Boy.”  On our way home from church this week Carl reminded me of a sermon from last year.  In the sermon our pastor talked about how this little boy gave what he had.  He didn’t worry about how his gift stacked up to the “competition,” he just gave his best. 

As I read through today’s passage, I was reminded again of this little drummer.  As Jesus comments in the first 4 verses of Luke 21, He addresses the topic of giving.  If you don’t have your Bible handy, here’s what happens:

As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Lk 21:1-4

This passage brings a few tears to my eyes {most things do these days}, but I think of how often I have been like the rich in this story.  I often give Jesus what I won’t miss rather than giving to the point of sacrifice.  As I read this story I am convicted about what I give Jesus…not just in a dollars and cents way, but in my entire life.  I look at the faith of this widow who trusted Jesus to the point of literally giving ALL that she had to live on.  This woman needed God to show up in order to continue paying bills and eating.

I have to ask myself, how often during my day to I give to the point of needing God to show up and provide.  If you follow my blog or know me personally, you know I love my to do lists.  And although I am becoming more flexible, I used to schedule out my day to the minute.  On a Saturday, rather than lying low or just thinking about things that needed to be done, I would first make a list of all that I needed to do.  Next I would prioritize and categorize the list and put it in its most efficient manner.  For instance, if I wanted to work out or do yard work, I would put that before something like running errands because I wanted to get the “sweaty” stuff done first, then shower.   So after I had my list in the order I wanted, I would put a time frame around each activity to ensure my completion of each task.  I considered these days MINE! 

Rarely did I ask God how He wanted to use my day.  Yes, I would schedule time in to spend with the Lord and to read the Word, but then I would be on to the next task, usually unchanged by the time I spent with Him.  Now, being married and being days or weeks away from this little baby being born, I am more aware that my days are not my own.  First, I must learn to give my days over to the Lord and ask Him to help me schedule out my day.  I need to take the time to ask Him, “What do you want to accomplish in my life today?’  The same is true with my paycheck, rather than depositing it with a list of all the ways I can spend it, I want to be more like this widow and say, “Jesus, what do YOU want to accomplish with this paycheck?” 

Time and money are just two things in our lives that we can approach with this attitude.  Like the little drummer boy, we can also use this mentality when it comes to our gifts and talents.  We can and should continually ask Jesus how He wants to use our gifts. 

As we approach the final days until Christmas, spend some time wading through these tough questions about how God wants to use your resources.  After all, they are ultimately His anyway, so why not let Him use them in the way He best sees fit.

Merry Christmas friends!

Check out Carl’s version of “The Little Drummer Boy” here.  Add a comment with your favorite Christmas song!

I've been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years, and have been teaching God's Word to students and women for nearly 20 years! God has brought me through some difficult chapters in my own life, and now my passion is equipping women like you with tools to embrace your own unexpected chapters in life with grace and truth.

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