Dr. Paul White, missionary physician in East Africa, recalled Christmas Eve on the mission field. All the national Christians had come to the hospital to use the ironing board, wanting to press their old clothes and rags. A long line formed outside the ironing room. One young man was wearing little more than a castoff apron.

“What are you up to?” Dr. White asked him.

“Christmas tomorrow, Bwana,” he replied cheerfully. “We’ve got to look our best. We are ironing our clothes. Behold, it is our Savior’s birthday. We want to look our best to honor Him.”1

David Jeremiah says, “The splendor of Christmas brings out the best in us—the best of who we are and want to show up for His birthday. We want to look our best, to be our best, and to do our best for Him. Though He was rich, He became poor that we through His poverty might become rich. Let’s praise Him richly, love him richly, and proclaim His riches to the nations. Take some time today to worship Him in your heart.” (Turning Point Daily Devotional, 12-20-06)

1 Dr. Paul White, Doctor of Tanganyika (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1955), 167.

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