As I water my Christmas Poinsettia’s, i pondered how people are a lot like Poinsettias.  Both like to be in warm locations, away from heating vents (heated people) and drafts (people who are cold or unwelcoming).  The Poinsettia’s foil wrapper needs holes poked in them so the water can drain on a saucer.  People need an outlet to release excess, too.  Poinsettia’s need six hours of sunlight a day.  People need six hours of SONlight in God’s Word, praise and prayer. People also need the vitamin D that the sunlight offers.  Keeping people’s blood pressure triggers in check is like keeping the temperature to 65-75 degrees for the Poinsettia.  Poinsettia’s need to limit their outside exposure.  People need to limit some of the their outside exposure to things that are harmful, as well.  Poinsettias need their soil checked daily and need water when their soil feels dry.  People need to check their soil to make sure they are receiving the water supply they need.  So often in life, we are giving away so much of ourselves that we don’t take time to “water” our bodies physically and spiritually.

Another thought I had.  I have one Poinsettia that is drying up and withering.  It needs special attention.  It reminds me of some of the elderly, frail in our community.  They need special attention.  We can be those who give that special attention by eating a meal with them or sharing a hug, a devotional and prayer with them.  One thing for sure, as we encourage them with Scripture, we are reminded of 2 Corinthians  4:16.  Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Blessings on your 2018