I hope that you had a good Christmas. I hope that you found what you were hoping for – not just in a stocking, pillow case or under a tree, but in the friendships, family relationships and your relationship with God.
A man went on a camping trip with his wife. He had been left to do the catering and had only brought three cans of corned beef. She was a bit miffed, but decided to let it lie. The first evening they sat down to eat and his wife was intrigued to see him get out his multi-function penknife, open out the can opener tool, and proceed to open the can with the can opener. Again, she let it lie and they ate the corned beef.
The next evening he got out the second can of corned beef, and once again opened it using his can opener tool from his penknife. His wife almost said something, but decided against it as they were having such a good time away. They ate the corned beef in silence, though.
The third night the man got out the third tin of corned beef and started to open the can opener from his penknife. His wife couldn’t resist any longer.
“Honey,” she asked gently, playing the innocent, “What’s that key on the top of the can for?”
“Silly you,” patronised the man, “That’s for people who don’t have a penknife with a can opener attachment.”
If you are one of the male of the species about now is when you will have to consider consulting the instruction manuals that came with the gadgets and presents you were given because we all know that they are like the key on a can of corned beef – just there for people who can’t work it out on their own.
But when we do consult the instructions (or more likely download them) we find that they are actually quite useful. We find out what that button actually does, you know – the one that we thought didn’t do anything. We find out about how to get the best out of the present. We find out what it can really do.
Perhaps in 2016 we should treat our Bibles less like a bloke treats an instruction manual and find out how much more God has for us…
Be blessed, be a blessing.