Walking into any store this time of year will have me gravitating to the tree-trimming aisle with intense enthusiasm. The colorful sparkly baubles have always held an unknown fascination for me. Flitting across my memory banks are recollections of sitting amongst boxes of ornaments on the living room floor. With the revealing of each timeless treasure, flashes of wonder and excitement flickered across my face that eventually burst to joy as an ordinary conifer was transformed into an object of beauty to be enjoyed and admired. Hmmm…as believers in Jesus Christ, we are His special treasures, His jewels (Malachi 3:17) and have trimmings that adorn His message. These ornaments of life are prayer, speech, attitudes, thoughts, and actions, character and integrity. Do we live in such a way that we embellish or tarnish His significance? (Philippians 1:27) How sparkly are your ornaments of life?
Oh, take this life, this life of mine
(To thee, O God, ’tis freely given),
And polish it, that it may shine,
And ornament thy Word divine.
~ Charles Ebert Orr, How to Live a Holy Life