This Christmas tree is at the intersection of Cleveland and Ford Parkway in Highland Park and when I saw it, it just put a big smile on my face. “See the Good.” It seems to me like such an important thing to remember during this holiday season.
It’s so easy for us to focus on the bad instead of the good, to see the darkness instead of the light – but, at this time of year especially, we remember that Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness. I’m reminded of a wonderful verse from the book of James:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17 (New International Version)
God has given us so many things that are good if we will only see them. The light has come and it helps us to see. Yes there is still darkness, there are still bad things that happen – but “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overpowered it.” – John 1:5 (NCV)
So see the good around you. See the good in people. See the good in the things that happen to you. See the good in the world. See the good that God has given to you.