No, this post is not about how to manage the maze of after Christmas sales at the mall. Nor is it about how to return the gifts that don’t fit or you don’t want.
Instead let’s take a look at some of the characters who were a part of the first Christmas in Bethlehem. What did they do? I think there is much to learn from their actions.
What did the shepherds do? They returned to their flocks. Had they continued celebrating or playing with their new toys, they would have been the cause for the demise of their sheep. Sheep need a shepherd. The sheep would have starved if not led to food and water. Or they would have been devoured if not protected from the wolves.
What did the magi do? They returned to their studies. In fact, they were warned not to return the same way they had arrived. They were to avoid Herod. They might have taken the long way around, but they did return. There was work to be done.
As we embark on a new year, this is an ideal time to return to our work with renewed vigor. It is solid teaching that urges men to glorify God by the works of their hands and minds. Just as the shepherds gave glory to God at the birth of the Savior, they further glorified him by their labors among the sheep.