My daughter took this fruit tree to her school Christmas party. Her teacher was so worried about it getting knocked over that she put it safely on a high shelf where it was found again (still very safe) after the party.
The teacher was very apologetic about what had happened, especially as we (okay, it was Tracey not me) had put so much effort into sending something nice.
The story though has a happy ending, because the class got to eat the fruit the next day as a treat.
I’m glad that there was a second chance and that the children were able to enjoy what had been provided for them.
So, on this fine boxing day, how do you feel?
Perhaps you are still high as a kite after Christmas and you are still buzzing.
Perhaps Christmas went so well that you are feeling sad now that it can’t be Christmas everyday.
Perhaps you are glad it is all over and you are looking forward to getting back to normality.
How we approach Christmas can help us to consider how we are trying to find fulfillment in life. Christmas for many people is centered around the lie that if we have more stuff then we will be happier. The problem though, with seeking fulfillment through getting more stuff is that there will always be something newer and always something else to want.
Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10.10)
Jesus says that fulfillment and fullness of life is only found in him. If we believe him, do we look to him to deliver on his promise by trusting in and looking to him?
Are we seeking fulfillment in Jesus or are we living with disappointment because we can’t find consistent fulfillment in the other things around us?
Christ can be our solid foundation in life but only if we choose to depend, rely on and trust in him.
Jesus is offering life to the full, but will we choose to trust in him as we receive what he has for us?
Just like the fruit tree, we may have tried to place Jesus on the shelf but the good news with Jesus is that there is always a second chance (and many more chances after that) when we turn to him.