Every year at this time, he receives presents from several students on his bus. Cookies. Candy. Cards. A big hug.
This year is a first. He unwrapped the present to find a t-shirt. Taking it out of the box and holding it up, he reads the design on the front, “World’s Greatest Bus Driver.” On the back, his last name is printed with the number 1 below it like a sports jersey.
A t-shirt doesn’t seem like much, I know. Most of us would put it in a drawer and forget about it by the New Year. But, it’s not about the t-shirt. It’s about a little girl with a huge smile on her face and joy in her heart. It’s about a student feeling recognized and valued enough to be compelled to return the feeling.
This is Christmas. God with us. Jesus alive and among us. And it happened on my dad’s school bus.
It’s called incarnational living. It means letting Jesus live in and through you. It is embodying the way of Jesus in the way you live at home, at work, and at play.
School Bus Driver is not a coveted career. It’s a blue collar job. It’s for the less educated. But, it’s also my dad’s opportunity to live the story of Christmas every day. He does. He did. And a little girl recognized the Jesus in him with a gift.
Whoever you are. Wherever you live. Whatever you do. You can live the story of Christmas every day, too. God is with us. There’s no need to wait for December 25th. Christmas can happen anywhere, anytime. Even on a school bus.
What examples of “incarnational living” can you share?