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Advent: The Star

 

12-16-11 The Star

Remember the old TV show “Kids Say the Funniest Things”? If memory serves me early on it was hosted by Art Linkletter and later by Bill Cosby. I could laugh myself to tears watching some of the hillarious interviews. The kids didn’t typically think through their answers and their honesty and curious word choices were the things that the show so enjoyable.

Those kind of moments are adorable unless it’s your child saying the embarrassing thing. I remember one of those moments when Beth was around five years old. It was after worship and several people were just out in the lobby talking before heading home. She walked up to a group of about ten. She was looking exceptionally cute that day. She excused herself and sought to interrupt their conversation. When they stopped talking and allowed her to speak, she asked with pathetic and hungry eyes, “Could we come home to your house for lunch? My mommy can’t cook and we’re hungry.” Neither Calgon or Southwest air could have gotten me out of their quick enough.

One of those moments happened recently at church with our grandson. The children were meeting and the leaders were making assignments for the upcoming Christmas pagent. The leader turned to Asher, the five year old red-haired wonder child, and asked who he wanted to be. He replied quite confidently, “The star.” The leader was taken aback because she wasn’t quite sure if he wanted to be the natal star that led the wisemen to Bethlehem, or the star of the production. When she asked me what I thought, I was pretty sure it was the latter.

Isn’t that just like us as human beings? We want to be the star in our own show.  Jesus didn’t tell us that we were the light of the world to shine on ourselves. We were made to be light to lead others to the source. If we’re doing our job right we’re our actions will bring him glory.

In your quiet moments with God, examine whether you decorations, gifts, activities during this holy season point others to the reason, the Savior; or are they just another way to draw attention to yourself? Who really is the Star of your life?

 

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