There is a story of a little princess who anxiously waited for the day of the Christmas pageant. She was so excited about her part that her parents thought she must be one of the main characters, though she had not told them what part she would play.
The day finally arrived and her parents enthusiastically entered the auditorium and watched as each of the children was called to take their place. The shepherds nervously waited in the corner of the stage holding two sheep. Mary and Joseph were placed near the manger. In the back were the three Wise Men eagerly waiting with a small camel. Each and every child was placed in position…except for the little princess. She contentedly sat quietly.
The music started and the director began the narrative. “A long time ago, Joseph and Mary went up from Galilee to be taxed. It was there that Mary and Joseph had a baby and they named Him Jesus,” the narrator began. “And when Jesus was born a bright starappeared over the stable. That was her cue! She quickly jumped up from her chair, picked up a large, sparkling star and walked behind the manger, holding the star up high for everyone to see. It flickered in the lights and all eyes were drawn to baby Jesus in the manger.
The story continues and finds the shepherds in the field with their sheep. That was her cue…the little princess moved into position on stage, wiggling the shiny star to show the shepherds where to arrive at the manger. When the director mentioned the Wise Men…the little princess quickly moved to meet them and lead the way to the Christ child. Her face was beaming as bright as the star she was carrying!
The play ended with a round of applause and a standing ovation. In the car on the way home, the little princess was happily chattering, “I had the main part, did you see?” “You did?” her mother questioned. “Yes” she said enthusiastically,
“I showed everybody how to find Jesus!”
This could not have been truer! Showing others how to find Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world and to be the light that would draw them to Him has got to be the finest role we can play in life!
May the Light of the Christ Child be your focus
this Christmas and throughout the New Year…
~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America. Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California. My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights.