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The other day I was reminiscing about some of my favorite Christmases as a child. One that stood out in particular was from the late 1970s.

Yes, I owned a Scooby-Doo lunchbox, a pair of bell bottom jeans, and some Buster Browns

My parents were not able to afford alot of "extras" for us but we always had a roof over our head, food on the table, and presents under the tree. Now they were not the kind of presents that you would see kids in commercials on Saturday Morning Cartoons getting but they were truly from the heart and presented to us with unconditional and unlimited love. They were "homemade" but as I look back now I have come to realize they were more valuable than any matchbox car or Big Wheel because they were made with me specifically in mind. You know the kind of LOVE that the Heavenly Father bestows towards us everyday (Jeremiah 29:10-12)

We had unwrapped our "homemade" presents and as we started gathering up the wrapping paper signifying the "end" of our Christmas, my father stopped us and said to me, "Son, hold on a minute...there's more!" What are you talking about Dad? There are no more presents under the tree. And there were not any more presents under the tree BUT this present my Dad told me couldn't fit under the tree, it was outside on the back porch!

OMG! What in the world could it be? No it couldn't be...could it? All summer long I had been asking my mom and dad for a bicycle and not just any bicycle...THE BUCKAROO! It was red with "chopper style" handle bars that looked like reins and a banana seat made to look like a saddle for a horse. The cut-out cowboy with the 10 gallon hat said it all for me. I wanted it! Unfortunately the price tag stood in the way of me taking it home every time we went to the store.

As I opened the backdoor, I saw the red frame, than I saw the handle bars, and finally my saddle...i mean bicycle seat...LOL! It was BUCKAROO! Yes, he was on my back porch and he was mine ALL mine! My mom and dad had most definitely saved the best present for last.

Jesus did the same thing at a Wedding in Cana (John 2:1-10). The venue had run out of wine which was a huge embarrassment for the host family. Mary, the mother of Jesus went to him and asked him to do something...anything. So, at the right moment, Jesus takes some vats of water and tells the servants to take what's in them to the master of the house. By the time the servants reach the master, what they serve him is no longer water, Jesus had turned it into fine wine. And not just any fine wine. The BEST for last!

1 Corinthians 3:7 says, "It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that you know it is God who gives the increase."

He has always and still blesses us now abundantly with MORE! He created the earth but there was more. He created Adam but there was more. He helped the children of Israel cross the Red Sea but there as more. He helped David defeat Goliath but there was more. Jesus healed people but there was more. Jesus died on a cross but there was more. Jesus rose from the dead but there was more! Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit but there is more. Jesus is mediating for us and preparing a place for us but once again there is more!

God loves you with an everlasting love but there is still even more love waiting for you!

Did I deserve the sacrifice my parents made for me to have BUCKAROO...absolutely not!

But no matter what you have done, no matter what circumstance or consequence you are surrounded by, none of it can define God's destiny or His absolute love for you!

Romans 10:12-13 says, "For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

So call upon the name of the Lord today! Today is the day of your salvation and so much more!

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