Yes, Christmas is over!
Shopping, cooking, wrapping, and unwrapping – done. Now let’s go forward to some more essential matters in life—our next focus in the New Year.
After Christmas, most of us shift to introspection and self-examination. After the holidays, we take a few days off and reach for some solace. This gives us time to focus on our wrapping.
If you were a present for someone to unwrap, would the gift be healthy and whole?
Does life have us wrapped up?
Are you wrapped up in the wrong things?
Our human wrapping paper includes:
- keeping up with the Jones’
- the temptation to a particular sin
- allowing fear to dominate
- Facebook likes and shares
- comparing our lives to others
- anger over an unresolved issue
When we unwrap our contents, what’s inside? Are we empty or full? Do we feel significant or insignificant? Some people find significance by achieving success, buying sizeable houses, beautiful cars, or joining the country club.
Others feel significant by dressing uniquely, counting their Facebook “likes,” or tattooing their body. External things rarely satisfy.
Tony Robbins said, “the ultimate significance in life comes not from something external, but something internal. It comes from a sense of self-esteem, which is not something we can ever get from someone else. People can tell you you’re beautiful, smart, intelligent, the best, or can tell you-you are the most horrible human being on earth — but what matters is what you think about yourself.”
Jesus said, “a man can gain the whole world and lose his soul.”
External stuff or expensive clothes do not determine our significance.
God, our creator, formed and fashioned us – that makes us significant.
For You were formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book, they all were written, The days fashioned for me When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I counted them, they would be more in number than the sand; I am still with You when I awake. (Psalm 139:7–14, NKJV)
People that know their creator also find their significance.
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