Burl Ives had an amazing voice and a career that spanned many decades. I'm sure he never suspected that of all his performances, the one that would become most popular would stem from a little gig doing the narration and a few songs for a made-for-TV production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
This Christmas season, like every one for decades, you can't escape Ives singing “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”
Those thoughts motivated me as I completed a week's worth of devotions. The assignment included the daily Scripture readings, so I only needed to provide some personal reflection. Just another writing job – but potentially much more. A year from now, thousands of strangers will read my words.
Will one of those themes cast a long shadow? Perhaps. All the more reason to treat everything I write as though it will.