I'm looking at the lovely aftermath of a children's theatre showing of "The Muppet's Christmas Carol" that our church hosted in the building where we worship. It was so fun to see what kids can do, how sweet they are, and how fun it is to bring families together to celebrate the stories and the joy found in the holidays. It's also very real when you stare at tinsel on the floor, card board flats stacked up, and so many other things that need to be taken down. At the same time we have carpet cleaners sucking all of the nasty out of our carpets before Christmas. After that's all done, our team is going to jump in to create a beautiful space for our Christmas eve by candlelight service. As I was doing the work I was processing the question, "Why am I doing this?" Am I doing this to feel good about myself? No - that would be a waste of time. Am I doing this to impress other people? I guess that answer would have been "yes" in my past, but not anymore. Am I doing this to be a good host to new guests? I guess kinda yes but also not really. As I thought about it more, I realized that even all the unseen, mundane, behind the scenes stuff related to Christmas is an act of worship for me and our team. Obviously this can be done for so many other reasons, but the reason I want to participate in the decorations, hosting, and welcoming of people into our faith community's celebration of Jesus is because I want to express to God my adoration of Him for the sake of others. Who knows, maybe this thought might help you as you go through all of your decorating, hosting and welcoming of others throughout the next two weeks.