I’ve spent the last two days packing Christmas away. Who knew how big my room was! I now actually have books in my bookcase, and all is back in it’s place – except for the Christmas village. I’m leaving that for another day. It’s kinda sad taking down the tree and putting the Santas away. I carefully wrapped each one, anticipating next November. It’s a lot of work, but it doesn’t seem like work. I don’t mind doing it for the joy I anticipate in the future when I get to do it all again.

In the same way, being a Christian requires work. It requires studying God’s Word to make sure that we’re “following His steps” (I Peter 2:21). It requires assembling with the saints (Hebrews 10:25). It requires having an active prayer life (I Thessalonians 5:17), and so much more. But for a faithful Christian, it doesn’t seem like work because of the anticipation of the future. Revelation 2:10 says, “…be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life!” Oh, for the joy that is set before us…..God Bless, Courtney

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