Santa's Naughty vs. Nice Game
Psalm 33:5 (KJV)
He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
"He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness' sake!" This line from the song "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" plays often during this time of the year. What's the big deal about being good, anyway? Santa's game is pretty simple: if you're good, you get nice gifts. If you're naughty, you get coal.
God doesn't play that game. God is good all the time, regardless of your behavior. Blogger Jon Acuff says, "When you doubt God's goodness, you doubt the very core of who He is." You see, God IS goodness. Not "God acts good." He actually created goodness. He is goodness, personified.
The steady, warm glow of God's goodness is all around us. I find His integrity in every sunset, child's smile and time spent with family. God's goodness does not need to be packaged in tinsel and bows to be made more attractive. It simply radiates the joy of His righteousness.
This goodness endures, as well, long after Santa's presents are broken and discarded. Take a moment this week to reflect on the goodness of God and His many blessings to you. Wrap up in the joy of His presence. Merry Christmas!
Female in Motion Exercise Update: I did three 40-minute Wii workouts last week, including running 1.5 miles twice. Tough to fit in exercise this time of year.
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."--John Wesley, Christian theologian