The outstanding characteristic of a Christian is this unveiled frankness before God so that the life becomes a mirror for other lives.
From 2 Corinthians 3:18: “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”
This short story was written in December, 2019, and it encourages each reader to draw upon his or her thoughts. The ending paragraph speaks from the heart of a writer who looks for a future filled with hope.
There was once a leader in a far-off land in the “Make Believe” world of a toy box. This leader was made of wood, and featured the well-crafted workmanship of his Creator.
Despite appearances, there were flaws in the leader’s character. He was dishonest and bullied everyone around him. His actions as leader led to friction and decisiveness in the toy box. The leader continued to govern with a misguided mind and agenda. His heart seemed hardened to the point that other toys really wondered if he even possessed a heart.
One day, the boy who played with the toy box every day asked the leader, “Why is your character so bad?”
The leader ignored the question, and the boy played with his other toys. Perhaps being made out of wood had made him inflexible with a hardness of attitude. Everything the other toys did or said seemed to go against his grain.
Meanwhile, more and more heat came from some of the fiery citizens in the toy box. Their patience was wearing thinner with each passing day. A few toys even threatened the leader with more than just words. The leader was paranoid about being literally “put on fire” from some of the other toys’ actions. After all, he was made out of solid wood.
After observing the crippling turmoil in his toy box, the boy told the other toys, “I will ask the Creator to help us with this mess.”
The boy prayed a special prayer to the Creator:
Dear Creator, the toys and I ask for your help. Our leader needs to change his bad ways so that all of the toys will enjoy a better life here in this toy box. We look to you for aid and support. Amen.
The Creator heard the boy’s prayer-filled words. Overnight, he came into the toy box and removed the leader, who was sleeping soundly. He remolded the leader into a better person with a benevolent and caring heart, which had been missing all along.
The leader was returned to the toy box with a heart no longer as hard as wood. He was transformed into a Gospel-led leader.
From 1 John 1:6-7: “If we say that we have fellowship with Him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Traveling earthly journey
Living alongside our Lord
Following His path with trust
Feeling love, grace brings accord
Pursuing God’s righteousness
Confessing sins, big and small
Obeying Holy commands
Hanging up when evil calls
Trading former self for love
Accepting Jesus’ new light
His way, life’s blessed station
Teaching life from Father’s Word
Steering lives in righteous ways
Walking in light, blessing faith
Rejoicing with lasting praise
From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley: “Are you trying to carry old baggage into your walk with the Lord? The attitudes, habits, and conduct that were yours before Christ must be abandoned in order for you to walk with God.”
From Ecclesiastes 3:1: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
Winter’s first flurry arrives
Transforming autumn’s landscape
Covering like comfy quilts
Dreams look for snowy escape
Storm’s artwork witnesses joy
Taking hearts to a past place
Gazing back to youthful times
Snowflakes remove autumn’s trace
Quiet, tranquil peace whispers
Hearing the timeless calling
Feeling light breezes breathing
Nature moves, never stalling
Time bends with changing seasons
Opening fresh, new page
Life’s Director stands offstage
Central Ohio received its first snowfall of the winter on the night of November 30. The transforming seasons always remind me of how our Lord transforms our lives, faith, and hope. May His grace and peace lead you on your journey.