By now, many of us have decked the halls, trimmed the tree, and wrapped a few presents. In the process of decorating your tree, you may have dropped an ornament. If you did, you discovered that there was nothing on the inside. No secret prize. No candy. No surprise inside. Just empty. Christmas ornaments look good on the outside, but are hollow on the inside. They are nice to look at but serve no real purpose.
So many Christians live ornamental lives. We are full of glitter, shine and sparkle on the outside. We look nice, dress well, smell good, and have bright smiles. However, we are fragile and hollow. Don't be like the ornaments on Christmas trees. Have the ornaments of Proverbs 1:8-9. My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck (NKJV).
Have a heart willing to embrace godly teaching. Be an imitator of God and you will cultivate the inner person. God made us on purpose for His purpose. He created us to fill us with His Spirit. We can be wise in the things of God. We can have the knowledge to succeed. We have the power of God working in us to do great things for God. We have the ideas and creativity that will help transform our schools, work places, communities, and this city for Jesus. We just need to access what God has given us. Don’t just hang around the church like an ornament on a tree. Be purposeful and intentional and God will make you an ornament of grace who is filled with His power!
Following the death of a loved one, there are many firsts. One of the most difficult firsts can be the holidays. The following are some thoughts on how to help your family cope through the holiday season from GriefWorks (visit www.grief-works.org).
Caring For Grieving Children
Caring For Yourself
through the holiday season from GriefWorks (visit http://www.christian-works.org/works/grief-works/).
Remember Your Loved One
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