Thursday, December 20, 2018
by Doug Smittkamp
Over the years our family has acquired a large and continually growing collection of talking and singing stuffed Christmas toys. It started out with a Santa saying, “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas”, followed by a chorus of, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. Soon after, a singing reindeer, a piano-playing Snoopy, a group of caroling snowmen, a duck that quacks, “Deck the Halls”, a dog that barks, “Jingle Bells”, a tricycle-riding bear, a rapping Santa, and a multitude of others were added. The collection now overflows a huge tote and requires a small fortune in batteries each year to bring them back to life.
Sometimes in life we can feel a little like those stuffed toys. Their batteries get drained, they get put to the side, seem lifeless, and can be forgotten. But when they are pulled out of storage and given new batteries, they come to life and bring smiles and joy to those who see them. Likewise, we sometimes need our “batteries” recharged to deal with the ups and downs and changes that come our way. Being refreshed not only helps us shine, but also helps others see Christ through us. And best of all, our “batteries” can be recharged without a trip to the store!
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” ~ Isaiah 40:29
TODAY: Pray for a family you know with grandchildren.