What the Little Drummer Boy Didn’t Know
Drum Auditions or Jam Sessions
The Little Drummer Boy has always been my favourite Christmas carol, ever since I was young. This year, as I listen to my own children belt out this carol with all their might, I’ve realized that the reason why this carol is my favourite has changed over the years.
As a child, this carol is full of fun! Playing your drum and dancing to the beat, this carol draws kids out of their seats and it is so fun to watch.
As a young adult, beginning my career, I was moved by the message of bringing what you had before Jesus, no matter how small or insignificant. The picture of a small boy giving all he had as a gift to Baby Jesus always resonated with me and drew me closer to Jesus. I sought to serve Him with any talents or skills I had at my disposal.
After becoming a parent and watching my kids work hard to learn a new dance, play a special song on the piano, or paint a picture of their favourite thing, I have come to hear this carol differently yet again. See, I am not waiting for my kids to “show up” and impress me with their skills. I am not impatiently looking for them to “do their part” or “use their talents for good”. I am actually enjoying their company. Their sweet smiles, their giggles. Their love and kindness, their quirks and mannerisms- all the things that make them unique are what I want to be around.
Because I love them. Because they are mine. Being with my children is the gift.
The very name for Jesus is Emmanuel, meaning God with us (Matt 1:23). The most fantastic part of Christmas is this beautiful gift humanity was given- the presence of the Saviour in our midst. And good news- He has not come to hear drum auditions. The grace we have been offered through Jesus Christ is a call for us to come into a relationship with Him, not to perform for Him. We don’t have to hold back, we don’t have to get our act together beforehand- we are to come as we are and be transformed by the presence of God with us.
Acts 16:31- Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.
This Christmas, I encourage you to put every part of yourself before our beautiful Saviour. He is not looking at you with annoyance or condemnation but with love.
Stop trying to impress Him with how “good” you can play your drum, and just enjoy His presence with you as you jam.
Merry Christmas from Morning Dove Press! I pray God’s blessing on you and your family for the New Year.