Christmas Eve is a work night.
Because we’re a pastor’s family, we’re usually involved in the Christmas Eve services, and we don’t get to enjoy each other until later that evening.
Last year was different. The church decided to provide a meal, in between the two evening services, for everyone working in the services in some capacity.
When our family walked into the room for dinner we stepped into a party.
The couple who cooked the meal made a taco buffet. But they covered the plastic tables with white linen. The tortillas were made from scratch. The guacamole was homemade. They kept hot churros coming. There was a huge bucket full of ice and fun-flavored bottled soda.
Instead of being apart on Christmas Eve my family ended up together around a beautiful table with fun food. Because the couple who provided dinner was so thoughtful to create a special meal with finishing touches, our family was given the gift of laughing and relaxing together at a time when we weren’t expecting it.
I think about the tasks God has given me. What if I do a little more and do it a little better than the task requires? What difference could I make in someone’s life if I add finishing touches to every task God gives me, if I do my work “heartily, as for the Lord”? (Colossians 3:23)
Read Christy's thoughts on her blog Off the Shelf.