Complete In Christ

I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.     Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. (Colossians 2:4-10 ESV).

The following story comes from an unknown author.  It illustrates an important truth about our relationship with our children.  However, more than that, it prompts us to think of the imperative of being “made whole.”

Once there was a little boy who wanted his dad to teach him how to play catch. One sunny day the little boy’s father was sitting on the couch, drinking a beer, while watching a baseball game. The boy rushed into the house exclaiming, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, show me how to play catch!” The father, blankly staring at the television screen, replied, “In a little while, Son, let me finish watching this inning. Come back in five minutes.” “Okay, Daddy,” said the boy and he ran out of the room. Five minutes later, the boy returned screaming, “Daddy, let’s go play some catch now!” The father turned to the boy and said, “Hold on, Son, the inning is not quite over. Come back in five more minutes.” “Okay, Daddy,” said the boy, as he shuffled out of the room. Five minutes later the boy returned ball and glove in hand, eagerly awaiting for his father to play some catch. “Daddy, let’s go, I want to pretend I am a baseball star!” shouted the boy. Frustrated by the boy’s constant hindrances, the dad scanned the room. While scanning the room, the father noticed a magazine underneath the coffee table. On the cover of the magazine was a large picture of the world. The father, who was angered and annoyed, began tearing the magazine cover into small pieces. After a few moments of shredding up the magazine cover, the father placed the torn pieces on the magazine. Then, the father turned to his boy and said, “Son, once you put this picture of the world back together we can play catch, but do not interrupt me again until you are finished!” Apprehensively, the boy took the magazine and sulked into his room, as he sobbed, “Okay, Daddy I won’t.” A few moments later the boy returned and said, “I’m done, Daddy can we play catch now?” Stunned, the father glanced towards his child, and there in his small hands was the magazine with the world pieced perfectly together. Amazed, the dad asked his child how he put the world together so quickly. “It was simple,” stated the boy. “On the back of the world was a picture of a person, and once I put the person together that’s when the world came together.”

As we approach a New Year, come to Christ and be made whole.  He waits with open arms to welcome you into a complete life.