Mistletoe ~ Not!

21 Dec

MistletoeAtHeathrowIt was the beginning of December. The trip had gone reasonably well, and he was ready to go back. The airport on the other hand had turned a tacky red and green, and loudspeakers blared annoying elevator renditions of cherished Christmas carols.

Being someone who took Christmas very seriously, and being slightly tired, he was not in a particularly good mood.

Going to check in his luggage (which, for some reason, had become one suitcase with entirely new clothes), he saw hanging mistletoe. Not real mistletoe, but very cheap plastic with red paint on some of the rounder parts and green paint on some of the flatter and “pointier” parts, that could be taken for mistletoe only in a very Picasso sort of way.

With a considerable degree of irritation and nowhere else to vent it, he said to the lady attendant, “Even if I were not married, I would not want to kiss you under such a ghastly mockery of mistletoe.”

“Sir, look more closely at where the mistletoe is.”  (pause)

“Ok, I see that it’s above the luggage scale, which is the place you’d have to step forward for a kiss.”

“That’s not why it’s there.”  (pause)

“Ok, I give up. Why is it there?”

“It’s there so you can kiss your luggage goodbye.” *

LOL!

The photo in this post was taken at Heathrow Airport (Terminal 5)  in 2009… the world’s largest sprig of mistletoe. The 10’x 8′ mistletoe was suspended less than 10 feet from the floor.  I’m sure it created some memorable moments!

Some fun information about mistletoe notes that the custom of kissing under mistletoe started in Scandinavia, and I like this:  “Kissing under the mistletoe could be a good way to compensate for eating too many mince pies ~ scientists have calculated the average person burns of 26 calories in a one-minute smooch.” Wow!

But the fact in the list that got me was this line: “Mistletoe lives on trees and has no roots of its own.”

My thought was, “A lot of ‘Christians’ are like mistletoe. They live off of the blessings and wisdom of others, but have no spiritual roots in themselves. Either they don’t really know God in a personal relationship with Him by receiving the free gift of His Son, Jesus (John 1:12; Romans 6:23b; Ephesians 2:8-9), or they have not appropriated the power and grace of God to change their lives and make godly choices.

I don’t want to be a mistletoe Christian. I want to be more like the tree it grows on. I want to be the “tree planted by streams of water” (Psalm 1:3), bearing fruit for God as I draw from the Living Water, my Savior, Jesus (John 4:13-14).

How about you? Is that the desire of your heart, too? Let’s NOT be mistletoe!


* “Airport Mistletoe,” http://www.basicjokes.com/djoke.php?id=1053

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