How do you feel…now that Christmas is over? You should think about that.
There’s a thief. He comes only to take and never to give. He’s sneaky. Most of the time we don’t even realize he’s robbing from us.
There’s a good shepherd. He comes to give full life. He even gives of himself so that we can fully live.
There’s a beaver. I often run past a tree he’s killing. Never seen the beaver. But I know he’s there. His destruction never sleeps. Even when I’m sleeping, he’s busy… destroying. Like those who, in their greed, teach things that are not true.
There’s a paradox: Some who have everything are actually very empty. Others who have almost nothing are very full.
How do you feel? If you’ve bought-in to the deceptive, destructive cultural message which is only amplified at Christmas, you’re probably surrounded by lots of things. But I wonder if there’s a haunting sense of emptiness to it all. If, instead, you’re choosing a better story: one about loving, serving, and giving, then you probably have less stuff, but I bet you feel full.
(John 1:1-4, 3:16, 10:10, 17:13, and 2 Peter 3)