Advice from an Elf

“The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.”

Proverbs 10:28 (ESV)

“First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.”

Despite his unhealthy diet of candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup, Buddy the Elf had a proper perspective on what’s really important – spending time with others and letting them know you love them. All of us find ourselves busily working toward a goal, whether it’s for school, work, or even a hobby, but we should never forget the most important thing in life – God’s love for us and how we are to share His love with others. According to Proverbs 10:28, this is the only hope truly worth pursuing.

I know the holidays are especially busy, but let us remember that Christmas is all about the greatest love of all – our Savior Jesus coming to earth to bring us hope. How do we share this hope? By telling others about Christ and by sharing his love with others through kind words, a gift or an act of service.

It’s so easy to lose sight of the fact that people are more important than any goals we might set. Remember Buddy the Elf’s real father? At first, he valued his job more than his family. But, like all good movies, by the end of the story things turned around and his new perspective on what is really important in life motivated him to walk out of an “important” meeting in order to help his sons.

Is there a person in your life with whom you need to spend more time to show him or her how valuable they are to you? Even more importantly, is there someone with whom you need to share Christ’s love?

Don’t let this Christmas season pass by without spending time with Jesus, and sharing special moments with your family and friends. If you have trouble thinking of ideas, just ponder, “What would Buddy the Elf want to do?”

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