Seated at my table on a recent afternoon I noticed this beautiful painting we have hanging on the wall right behind our Christmas tree.
The painting’s name is “Destiny Boy” showing boy Jesus playing with three nails in Joseph’s carpenter shop, from an anonymous author and you can easily find it online. We’ve had it for over ten years and it’s always a conversation starter when we have people over.
What’s so appealing of this painting (from my perspective) is that it not only could have been the case during Jesus’ childhood, but it’s certainly true of what He came to accomplish when He descended from Heaven that first Christmas night. The angels told the shepherds in Luke chapter two – “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” – later that very same night these humble shepherds found the child just as they were told and immediately started to share the good news they’d heard directly from Heaven and returned to their homes glorifying and praising God.
Here we are, two thousand years later and only two days after another Christmas celebration fixing to go somewhere or maybe doing some prep for one more fun time with family and friends now that New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Of course, we will take some time for praying and meditating on God’s Word during these days because that’s what Christians are supposed to do, but really? Soon we will be hurrying out to one more cycle of daily life year after year and Christmas will be boxed and unboxed along with the ornaments and other seasonal things we keep right there in the garage. Please, let’s pause and make an intentional decision here and now: Find something you can keep in a visible place that will remind you of the Christmas message and purpose all year long. Here are some ideas:
- Take one of the Christmas tags or cards you received this year and convert it into a bookmark you can use whether in your Bible or schoolbooks so every time you see it would bring you back to Christmas.
- Place a Christmas sphere inside your glove compartment or one of your kitchen cabinets and make a quick prayer thanking God for sending His Son to save you every time you see it no matter what month of the year it is.
- How about a painting or another ornament you can leave out there with the many decorations you have at home which will provide you with a conversation starter at any time?
Be creative. The bottom line is to never forget what Christmas is all about and to remain grateful all year long, sharing with others what your “Destiny Boy” means for you!
Till next time,