What Are You Looking For?
By Pastor Larry Schram
We see what we look for.
Parents look for their children in the crowd, perfectionists look for flaws and errors and shopaholics are tuned to sale signs. Accountants look for the bottom line, artists and photographers notice perfect light and cynics look for reasons to not trust. Lovers look for the one who holds their heart, truth seekers look for shades of meaning and critics look for reasons to vent. The truth is as simple as it is obvious; we see what we look for.
Do it long enough and it becomes more than a habit; the practice becomes our reputation. We can easily think of people who are sensitive to certain types of stimulus. We know, even if they don’t, that they will react to specific things. Their heart will beat faster and words will flow uncontrollably. Negatively, it is why we avoid certain people, unfriend them on Face Book, and
limit contact. Positively it is why we like to have coffee with some people or enjoy hearing their voice when the phone rings. We see what we look for and it impacts our lives and reputations, whether we know it or not.
So, when it comes to Christmas, what do you look for?
Most of us fall somewhere on the Ebenezer Scrooge scale between “bah humbug” and “God bless us everyone”. We tend to either be tired of the hype, commercialization and selfishness of the season or we tend to experience a warm glow from gift giving, music and children laughing with delight. I believe the difference of response is based on what we look for. If we are cynical, critical and annoyed we will notice many things that will feed our fire and remind us that it is all bah humbug! Conversely, if we believe that this is the most wonderful time of the year, we will notice many things that prompt us to declare: God bless us everyone. So, let me ask again: When it comes to Christmas, what do you look for?
We still live in a free country and you can choose to see whatever you want, but I encourage you to look beyond the negative and look for the eternal gifts of Christmas. You know what I mean: the Light, Joy, Peace, Love and the Hope of God. You can easily see them if you train yourself to look for them. If you do, you will avoid the bah humbugs and see instead reasons to declare God bless us everyone! Need some help? Plan to attend every Sunday through Advent and remember: you will see what you look for.
Nov 29 – Looking for Light? Communion will be served
Dec 6 - Looking for Joy? SBC’s Children’s Choir will serve
Dec 13 – Looking for Peace?
Dec 20 - Looking for Love?
Dec 27 – Looking for Hope? One Service at 10 AM
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