Hey it’s Brandon Lewis with Painters Weekly. I want to share a little bit with you about how I grew up and Christmas, as I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas day and a wonderful New Year’s. I don’t really know of another way to do this so I’m just going to show it to you if you’ll bear with me.
If you can look here at this picture, this is me growing up. That is my grandpa. That is me and my sister. There’s some Christmas photos you can see here on the bottom. There’s maw maw and there’s my sister and there’s me. She used to have this old Polaroid picture where she would bring out this camera. She might have taken 16 pictures the whole year because we were very poor, and she taught me the value of a dollar.
As you can see here, the size of that Christmas tree. A little bit on his knees just about covered the whole thing about, about the height of the back of a recliner. Me and my Coke bottle glasses on the shag carpet, and the paneling with the floral arrangements on it. We did not have much. I can remember waking up on Christmas morning at maw maw and paw paw’s house. Sometimes we’d be at their house because maybe mom had to work. She worked second shift, third shift. We’d come out early in the morning and it would still be dark.
Grandpa would be sitting on the couch smoking a cigarette and you could see a little red light move from the ashtray back up. Of course I couldn’t do Christmas until grandma got up, so he’d walk me into the kitchen and he would let me dip little sugar cookies into his coffee. Grandma used to get so mad because he would feed me that stuff before a good breakfast.
We didn’t have much but we were really, really happy. We were happy because somebody had given me something. The best gifts that you’ll ever get for Christmas are never the ones you buy for yourself. What they gave me was love, and they gave me time, and they gave me affection.
This Christmas, I hope that you, as you go through your Christmas rituals and your time, that you will give those good gifts to your family, that you will take those good gifts from your friends and give those good gifts to your friends. Because, when I was going through this picture book to get you this picture, I smiled and I laughed. I’ve never felt like that about accomplishing a business goal or making a certain amount of money, or even paying off a significant debt. The best gifts around Christmas are the ones you give and the ones you get without buying them.
There’s a big huge free gift that I hope you’ll take this Christmas season, and it’s just like the love that you get from a pride parent or a happy grandfather, and that is the love of Christ. He gives you this gift freely and all he asks is that you have a mustard seed of faith. Not much faith, not impressive faith, but just a little bit of faith, even if it’s doubting.
What he does is he takes our shortcomings and our inability to get yourself there by works this Christmas and he takes all of that stuff that we couldn’t do and that we can’t live up to, and the feeling we get that we can’t make it right, and he gives us his grace. We can’t buy it. We can’t even work our way to get it. Once we get it, man, it sure does feel good if we can keep reminding ourselves of what he did for us on the cross and how he came as a baby to tell us that I’m not mad at you. What a way to come into the world, as something vulnerable and loving. When he looks at you this Christmas season, when you believe in him, all he sees is what you will be one day and not what you are.
I just wanted to share that with you around the Christmas season. From the Lewis family to yours, I hope you have the best one yet and a happy New Year. I’ll see you next week.