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Merry Christmas



"Is it my turn?" my son asked.


"Yes, go head," I said.


My son carefully removed the red ribbon and tore the shiny paper. As he peeled the wrapping paper back, his eyes popped out, and a smile plastered his face.


"This is what I wanted!" he shouted, "Cold, hard cash."


We laughed and watched as he tried to open the wooden box housing the crisp fifty dollar bill. The wooden case locked the money until he solved the puzzle.


Bound and determined, my son forgot all other presents and tackled the puzzle. After several minutes, he unlocked the box and claimed his Christmas money.




Just as my son was dedicated to solving the puzzle, what are we determined to do?

What catches our attention and consumes our energy? What is our treasure?


Our treasure is where we spend our time, energy, and money. Only God observes our thoughts, but our choices reveal our commitments.


If we looked in our check books, where did the money go?

If we viewed our calendars, what filled our days?

Did we spend more time on social media or with God?

What would our families and friends say about our speech, attitudes, and actions?

Did we think more about getting what we want or helping others?


"But one thing I do: FORGETTING what lies behind and STRAINING forward to what lies ahead, I PRESS ON toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13b-14 ESV


As 2019 comes to a close, may we take time to evaluate our lives and press on for Christ.

Lord, help me to prize You above all else.

1. Teach us how to use our days wisely (Psalm 90:12).

2. Use our resources for your kingdom (Matthew 6:24).

3. Give ourselves to the Lord as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2).


Just as my son focused on unlocking the wooden box for the cash, may we focus on living our lives for Christ.

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