Solomon became king of Israel at a very young age. God asked him what he wanted most. He didn't ask for riches or victory over his enemies. He asked for wisdom to lead God's people. We would be wise to seek wisdom in our leadership too. One of the most fascinating stories about wisdom is in the Christmas story, but it is celebrated on January 6 and is called Epiphany. Others call it the Twelfth Day of Christmas. The Magi or Wise Men visited the Christ child and brought significant gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
Gold is precious across all nations and cultures. It is fit for royalty and said to the Christ child, "You will be a King.
Frankincense is a milky sap tapped from the Boswellia tree and is known for its calming, restorative, and meditative properties. Ancient people burned Frankincense, believing it carried their prayers to Heaven. This gift illustrates Christ's role as Priest.
Myrrh is the resin produced by a small, tough, scraggly tree that grows in semi-desert regions along the Red Sea. It is known as a wound healer because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Yet, the most popular use is as an embalming ointment. After Jesus died on the cross, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea anointed Jesus' body with Myrrh. This is the gift that signifies Jesus as our Savior.
What if the decisions we make could have greater than face value? The Wise Men did not bring excuses for gifts or leftovers from their tents. They considered the significance of their acts and made a difference. We can too.