I know that it is only November but I have already started to think about Christmas and all that it brings with it. I love all of the decorations, the food, and most of all, the giving of the presents. You know me, I love shopping and it doesn’t have to be only me that I am shopping for. Giving gifts brings me joy especially if I know the gift is going to make the recipient happy.
I LOVE the wrapping process too. I love picking out coordinating ribbons, bows, and the paper; it all has to be the same. Well, at least I used to do all of that when the children were smaller. Now I am lucky to throw the gifts in a bag right before they get ready to open it.
All of this has got me thinking about what is actually IN the box. The stuff inside is the part that really matters after all. All of the beautiful wrappings and the most elaborate box will not make the gift inside any better or any worse. And, on the other hand, the ugliest of wrappings and the most beaten up box cannot take anything away from what is inside.
You might think that I am talking about a trinket but I am not. Instead, I am talking about you and me. The Lord created each of us. He created the wrappings and the container but the gift inside is the spirit that HE breathed inside of the shell. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the outer clothing, makeup, or hair of the container, it is the spirit inside that matters. If the container is beaten up and damaged it doesn’t matter since it is the spirit inside that counts.
The GREATEST gift of all is that the Lord breathed into your shell and HIS spirit lives in you. Take a few minutes and look into the mirror at the wrappings and the container starring back at you and then simply appreciate the beautiful gift residing inside.
Have A Blessed Day.