Looking at any Christmas tree is kinda like a trip down memory lane. We all have those ornaments that instantly bring back memories when we look at them. Maybe they’re ornaments that our children made or just something we bought on vacation, our Christmas trees are shaped by years of collecting ornaments and decorations.
You and I are kinda like that. Our experiences in the past and the people we’ve come in contact with shape us over the years. The things we learn and the places we go all make us… us.
Our potential to shine.
A Christmas tree’s main job is to light up and provide beauty. Without the tree being plugged in and lit, it kinda loses its luster and purpose. Sure, the tree is still there, but it’s not doing what it’s meant to do.
We have the potential to light up every place we go. To shed light and hope in every area of our lives. To give light to our place of work, our family, places we shop, our church, places we eat, our school, and anywhere else we go. If we don’t provide that light, we’re not accomplishing our purpose.
It’s what’s underneath that really matters.
Call me selfish and materialistic, but my favorite part of the Christmas tree… the gifts underneath. Sure, it’s great to give gifts, but I also like to GET gifts. Really the tree just kinda houses the gifts for me… it’s what’s underneath the tree that matters most.
It’s our heart that really matters. God wants our hearts to be pure and focused on him and accessible to his shaping and molding. It’s what’s underneath us that really matters too. Sure, we need to change our actions, but if our heart’s right, we’ll get the outside right.
We need something to hold us up.
My Christmas tree would fall and break all of the gifts under it if it didn’t have a tree stand holding it up and supporting its weight.
You and I need people to hold us up. People close to us to encourage us and call us out when we’re screwing up. We need support from a church family and from friends. Find support and use it!
Can you think of any more? Add in the comments.