The Holidays are here! It is two days before Christmas and there is something I’ve been meaning to share with you. I miss writing and it’s been a while, so I may be a little rusty. Without further ado, let’s get into the story. I promise this won’t be a long read.
Below you will see a video attached this post. It is the video of me opening my last Christmas gift during Christmas 2016. In the video, you will see how I must go through multiple boxes, lots of wrapping paper, and tape to get to the prize at the end. As I used this memory in a sermon I wrote, the more I thought of it, the more I saw it in a whole new light. Here are a few things I want you all to know:
1. Keep Unwrapping.
The boxes that I went through to get to my prize at the end are a visual representation of obstacles, or if we want to be clichéd today we can say “trials and tribulations”. No matter what happens we are to keep “unwrapping” and keep going! See, I knew box number one wasn’t the end or the destination for me. I knew that there was more and that I couldn’t stop until I got to the end. In this life time, we must know what God has for us and make up our minds that we are going after it. We all go through things to get where we want to be, but just keep unwrapping.
2. Push Past Pretty.
As much as I loved the wrapping paper and how beautiful it was, I could save it, neither could I leave it untouched. I knew there was a goal. Pretty and comfort are one in the same in this case. You see the pretty paper, represents comfort zones. It was comfortable to just open one box or to not open any at all for the sake of keeping it pretty. But sometimes we just have to BUST THAT ALL UP and do some things out of the norm! I would have never gotten to the end had I chose to let it be pretty. There are moments that things actually get very ugly. I mean paper, tape, boxes all over the place, but with a made up mind, we must get through pushing past pretty. (In the video, you can see there was one part I asked them to move some stuff of the way because it was getting messy.)
3. Silence the Noise.
While I was in my process of unwrapping there was lots of noise going on around me. There were family members talking, watching, or even just lots of background noise going on. No matter who watched or what was said I never stopped unwrapping. I have never been in a place or going through a process in my life and didn’t hear “noise”. Noise can very much be a distraction if you let it. I had to remember the conversations with my Daddy about getting a new car, picking out cars, and all of the above and use that as my motivation to not be distracted. Much like we have to do with our heavenly Father. He gives us visions, instructions, and ideas. We have to keep those in mind when noise comes along to know that in the end, we have something great we are aiming for and distractions aren’t welcomed.
Sticking to my promise of not letting this be a long read, let’s wrap it up here. We all have somewhere we are trying to get, whether it be the completion of a God-given idea, or a certain place on our spiritual journal. The main goal is to get there. We may not get there when we want, only having to go through one box to get the keys to my new car would have been just fine with me, but that wasn’t the case. No matter how much pretty paper, tape, or noise that there is to get through, know that what God has for you is more than worth going through. He hasn’t failed yet, just keep unwrapping!