i hope you feel full

How do you feel…now that Christmas is over?  You should think about that.
Four thoughts:
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)