In a few days, homes around the world will explode with wrapping paper, giggles and shouts of joy as people celebrate Christmas. But when the holidays end and we pack away the decorations, does a sense of emptiness still remain? We’ve just received some amazing gifts, but are they what we REALLY wanted?
This isn’t a standard Christmas post about how you should be grateful for all the things you have. Sometimes, we think the word ‘grateful’ means making a comparison. “I’m grateful I have (blank) because that means I’m not as (blank) as some people.” Sounds joyful, doesn’t it?
What if we thought about gratefulness as being happy for the people, circumstances and things that bring us joy and makes us grow. Watching the video above isn’t meant to make you feel guilty or ashamed of what you do or do not have. It simply shows how finding out what you’re grateful for (in this case, the gift of music) can light your heart on fire.
“Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.“
The way these students light up about their instruments is a small glimpse of how God can illuminate a life when He fine tunes a heart. If we hand our lives over to Him, no matter how mangled, damaged or trashed they appear, God can piece us back together like one of those instruments. It may hurt and we may look, feel and sound funny at first, but wow, when the Creator of the Universe tunes a heart to play His song…let’s just say He composes a masterpiece.
If you’re reading this and you haven’t made the choice to get out of the rubble and in to God’s hands, get in touch with your local church. If you feel scratched and nicked by people, circumstances and the world, reach out to your local youth group. Don’t let the holidays leave you feeling empty. Receive the greatest Gift the world has ever seen – Jesus.
Merry Christmas from our staff and friends at Silver Ring Thing southern Africa!