Recently, at a Christmas do, some friends of ours gave me this present:
If you have never seen one before you may be wondering what it is. I certainly was. It had started its life as a strip, looking a bit like a paper garland. Then our friend opened it out and stuck the edges together to make this 3D object.
Any guesses yet? Some sort of artistic paper sculpture?
Let me rotate it (to save you turning your screen upside down).
Does this help? Is it some sort of paper vase (not very practical admittedly). How about if I turn it on its side?
Perhaps it’s some sort of large paper shuttlecock or missile? I discovered you can open it out by pulling together one of the ends.
Maybe it’s some sort of paper fruit bowl? Not very stable though. I had no other ideas so our friends told us. It’s a hat!
It only really becomes a hat when you pull it onto your head. Until that moment it becomes a curious object.
It’s the same with the Christian faith. It only really comes to life when you put it on, when you start to live it. It’s not about adopting a religion or following rules or even going to church! It’s about entering into a relationship with God. You may have lots of other ideas about it until that moment when you take a step of faith you won’t experience it in all its fullness.
Be blessed, be a blessing.