Some of my favorite images of the holidays are the tables set, waiting for the meal to be brought in. Everyone sitting there, waiting, anticipating the savory foods, the sweet treats, the filling experience of a meal shared with dear ones, friends, and family.
The sense of excitement for the favored dishes, sauces, and sides comes in waves. Little children with forks and spoons in hand bounce in their chairs looking for their favorite foods. But until the food comes, each plate, bowl, and dish is an empty vessel, waiting to be filled.
We too, are empty vessels waiting to be filled. Some of us choose to be filled with every good thing (James 1:17) and some of us allow our vessels to be filled by whatever comes by us. We allow our hearts, minds, and spirits to be filled by the left overs, the junk, the discarded messes of others. We have forgotten to protect our hearts, to keep strong, healthy boundaries to prevent someone else’s issues from becoming our own.
We need to remember Proverbs 4:23, Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
This year, may we focus on filling ourselves with the best, not the better, with the godly, not just the good. May we remember our lives are the lights that will shine for others to see Christ.
So let our lights shine brightly with the good things from our Heavenly Father.