One of my FAVORITE things about Christmas time is all the extra LIGHTS. We put them on trees, drape garland down the staircase, around our fireplace mantle, outside, inside… they’re everywhere!
My LEAST favorite part about Christmas is when it’s over, and we’re supposed to take down all the beautiful lights.
I know the extra lights aren’t there very long, but I grow used to them really fast. I just REALLY like the way they look. I like the way they add life and make me feel all warm on the inside.
If I had my way…
When the Christmas lights go out in our neighborhood, it seems like the world is a much darker place than it was before.
If I had my way, I would leave the Christmas lights on our house all year round. (Of course I would take the Christmas tree down.) But I like the way the garland looks on our staircase. And I like the way the house is lit up on the outside with the lights wrapped around it.
But David says that leaving Christmas lights up all year isn’t ‘socially acceptable’ and makes us look like “rednecks”!
The Light of the World!
I kind of feel the same way about Christ being the “light of the world”. We put Him FRONT AND CENTER at Christmas time when it’s ‘socially acceptable’ to talk about Him. We even sing songs about Him on the regular radio stations.
But as soon as Christmas is over, we put Him back on the shelf, and the world goes dark again. And somehow it seems DARKER than it was before the Christmas season began.
As we’re in the middle of the “season of lights”, serving our God of light, and you feel light on the inside of you shining out in a little extra loving Christmas cheer… I want to ask you a question. Are you going to let YOUR light go out with all the other Christmas lights at the end the season?
Please don’t! Even if it makes you ‘socially unacceptable’, or a “redneck” like me; (LOL) let your light keep shining.
I feel better when my light shines. But sometimes I let the cares of the day, the hustle and bustle of family, work, kids and all the other distractions of everyday life put my light out.
The same way that I have to go plug in the Christmas lights in every morning so that I can see them, I also need to remember to go plug in MY light every morning by reading my Bible.
Talking to God and getting directly connected to His power source helps me recharge, so I can remain a child of LIGHT all year long!
What’s your favorite thing about Christmas lights? Is it easier for you to be a light in the world at Christmas time? What gets in your way of “plugging in” to the power source and being a light for God all year long?