My daughter just turned sixteen this week. On one hand, it makes me smile. On another hand, it makes me feel old and yet on another hand, I am scared because that means that she can get her driver's license. Oh my! Do you remember being Sweet Sixteen? It brings a smile to my face. Life was so carefree, good and easy. We hung out with girlfriends giggling and doing girlie things. We had sleepovers and went clothes shopping at the mall. We talked half the night on the phone to a boy that in the end just became a friend and nothing more.
We are in the planning stages of a birthday party. Where? When? Who do we invite? Invitaions? She has designed her own. How many? Boys and girls? Well, of course. What kind of food do we have? What kind of cake? Decorations? Of course! Everyone is so excited, even dad and I.
This is how we all should feel about Jesus. Everyday should feel like a party. He has bought you a present. Do you want to open it and if you do, will you keep it or return it? The ultimate gift is eternal life but there is a catch. You have to work a little for it. You have to put some time into it. You have to really want it. So here is your present. It is wrapped in the most beautiful paper that you can imagine with the biggest bow on top. The card says simply, I love you and it is signed Jesus. Do you return it unopened without even a glance in the box? Do you return it opened, simply smiling and saying that it isn't exactly your style? Or do you just keep it and thank Jesus that He has chosen you to be His and promise to work on it daily to make it fully yours? It is up to you. The return slip is in the bag.