Recently I was scanning the digital pages of my computer for news when a headline caught my eye. It read; “People are flipping out over upside-down Christmas trees this season.” Really! Upside-down Christmas trees. Is that a thing? Well, apparently it is and has been for several years!

The article talked about how popular upside-down Christmas trees have become and how some resorts were decorating exclusively with them this year. One large retail store that has been selling them for the past four years commented, “People are really gravitating toward them now and putting them in their homes because it’s fun and exciting for people looking for something different. People who buy it say it showcases their home and when friends walk in it’s a conversation starter.”

Five little words caught my attention. “People looking for something different.” Have you ever been one of those people looking for something different? Have you ever found yourself dissatisfied with what you have, what you have experienced, or where you are in life? Are you hoping that next year has something different in store?

Many times, I have found myself searching for something different. In those times I am thankful for the guidance and contentment I discover in the words of the Bible. James, a follower of Jesus, wrote these words,

“So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”          (James 1:16-18)

We were created and chosen by God, “the creator of all the lights in the heavens.” The perfect gift that came down to us from God was Jesus Christ. It is in Jesus that we can have a relationship with God and find contentment in life. That truth is what gives us meaning and fulfillment. When we lose sight of that truth, life becomes twisted and confused. We become restless and constantly search for the next “something different.”

As this Christmas season comes to a close and we embark on a New Year may we seek after the things found in Jesus Christ. It is in searching after Him that we find fulfillment and stability no matter what life brings.