I was really blessed today with a little devotional reading that I’ve picked up from YouVersion: Carols: A Christmas Devotional. Each day the writer takes a Christmas carol and helps challenge and relate to the lyrics of the song. I started it a little before December began so I just finished #16 for today. Today’s was The Little Drummer Boy. It spoke strongly to where I am feeling these days with Christmas coming and all the expectations that come with it (mine and others’). I remember a few years ago listening to an “all-holiday” radio station and heard a very memorable version by the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. It was an unique arrangement, but it stuck. I got it on iTunes that year and its been heard each year.
That’s not the point though. The devotion talked about all that the little boy had to give the Christ Child. Not much; not compared to others. But what he did have to give, he gave his all. And the Baby was pleased.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1
It’s easy to get caught up in comparing. But the way I see it, the only time that’s OK is if you’re comparing yourself to your maker. How can I be more like Him. Then ask Him for help. Because only through Jesus can we do those things. (Philippians 4:13)