Like most we are putting away the Christmas things. Finding the spaces for the new toys. Putting the gadgets in the tool boxes, etc. Hauling the boxes back out to put the Christmas decorations away.
At this time of year I find myself thinking about where I am going to put Him.
The greatest gift I have been given is that of my Savior.
But I don't want to put Him away with the decorations.
And I don't want Him on a shelf collecting dust.
He doesn't belong in the toy box or tool box.
He belongs in my heart and in my actions, my words and my love.
We go to a significant amount of trouble to choose just the right gifts for those we love. After they are received the recipient needs to find the right home/use for it.
So do I.
This year I want to remember the gift I have been given and keep it out where I can share with others like that amazing box of chocolate, or warm someone like those soft blankets, heal like the first aid kit, expand thinking like the classic book.
When I think of my Heavenly Father and the precious gift He gave us, carefully chosen and painfully yet graciously given, I know He deserves a very special place. A place that I can give.
This year, I don't want to put Him anywhere except for the heart of me. I want to be who He wants me to be. I want to help who He wants me to help. I want to give up all my foolish and vain ambitions and recognize what He made me for.
Where will you put your gift?