MATTHEW 2:10–11--"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh."

Christmas is a compass, giving us a new sense of direction and guiding us back to the right path when we’ve lost it.

When I was a boy, we put on the same Christmas pageant every year. A rope would be strung high across the stage. A trio of elderly deacons wearing bathrobes and turbans would enter stage right. One of them would pull a string that tugged a cut–out star along the rope. It led to the same place every year—the manger. Frankly, the cardboard star was the only character in that pageant that never missed its line or cue.

The wise men had spent their lives studying the patterns of the stars. Among all the billions lavishing the night sky, there was one by which they knew they could set their paths to the birthplace of the world’s Hope.

If you focus on it properly, Christmas can be your compass, guiding you to the Christ, who is your Hope.

Spiritual Heart Focus

Regard this Christmas as an opportunity to renew your walk to and with Jesus Christ as Lord of your life.

Physical Heart Focus

Begin a cardio exercise activity with a warmup of four to five minutes and end with a cool–down of three to four minutes.