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Elf on the Shelf – My Thoughts

Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf

A Happy New Year Greeting from Courageous Christian Father. Last year I became more informed about this “Elf on the Shelf” craze. The premise is this elf to hide this elf in the house and watches to see if you are naughty or nice. They claim He goes to the North Pole after everyone is asleep. This is how Santa knows if you ate naughty or nice. I honestly don’t believe we need something else taking away the true meaning of Christmas. You can pose this elf doing various poses, you can put him in various locations. You can even change his clothing to have different clothes on. The possibilities are endless.

No where in the Bible does it say an “elf” is watching us. Elf doesn’t report to God to nark on us when we do wrong. In reality our Heavenly Father, God is always watching us. He knows when we are good or bad.God knows all and God sees all. There is nothing we can hide from God, we can’t even hide from God ourselves.

The good thing is Christ is interceding on our behalf. Because of that God sees the previous blood of Christ. This however doesn’t give us a license to sin. Its clear in the Bible if we live Him we will keep the commandments (John 14:15 & John 14:23). Being a Christian is being more Christ like. No I’m not perfect nor are you, we just saved by grace. We as Christians should want to sin less than we do. The holy spirit is what corrects us when we do stray and helps guide us back to walking with Christ.

When I was a kid we had discipline! Something that lacks today. “Belt on the Shelf”. The Bible tells us that we must discipline our children.

Let’s look at it this way, similar to the Are You A Good Person? test, how about the Naughty or Nice List. Based on the 10 Commandments, would you be on the Naughty or Nice list? Remember if you break just one of the commandments, you would be on God’s Naughty list.

Last year after posting this, I got a comment from a guy calling himself Matt. Below is what he shared as a comment, you can still see his comment in the comments below.

I had some thoughts about the elf on the shelf too. We took a slightly different approach, and are using the elf this year to help emphasize God’s character. So many of the kids in my neighborhood do elf on the shelf, so there are easy opportunities to turn elf conversations into spiritual conversations. I’m calling it #myelfexperiment. Check it out if you’d like and let me know what you think. Each day I place the elf somewhere in the house, then write a note that points my kids to an attribute of God. For example, one day he was hanging from the pendulum of the grandfather clock, and the note read, ““God never changes; He always stays the same. He does not get old or tired. He does not change His name. Take time to thank Him for always loving you! Take time to thank your PARENTS for loving you, too!” The starting point of each note is God’s character, followed up by an appropriate application in response to God’s character. We’re posting a photo a day on our website in hopes to help other parents who have an elf on the shelf to use it as a means to point their kids to God. There’s been a very favorable response so far, and it’s helped to get more people interacting with our site. We are Discover God 4Kids, if you’d like to learn more about what we’re working on.

Maybe if you must do the Elf on the Shelf, maybe do something like Matt is doing. Have the location of this elf point somewhere to Christ. Remember everything must point to Christ. We must have Christ be the center of everything. We answer to Him in the end. He is the one that died for our sins. You can read what he wrote as a guest blogger at DG4Kids post.

Like this one from December 4, 2014 … (Give some time for the Facebook embed to load)

#myelfexperiment Day 2: Terwilliger (#elfontheshelf) found that the stopped clock in the living room reminded him that…

Posted by Discover God 4Kids on Thursday, December 4, 2014

 

#‎myelfexperiment‬ Day 2: Terwilliger (‪#‎elfontheshelf‬) found that the stopped clock in the living room reminded him that God Never Changes! Here was his message for my kids: “God never changes; He always stays the same. He does not get old or tired. He does not change His name. Take time to thank Him for always loving you! Take time to thank your PARENTS for loving you, too!”

Nevertheless, this is a great idea from Matt. I do know what man intends for evil, God has good to come out of it. But I still personally do not believe in supporting this ideology of this elf tradition. Today the World is trying its best to take away the birth of Christ in Christmas. They are trying to remove Christ. If we totally remove Christ out of Christmas, we only have Mas. So what are we then gonna say Happy Mas?

I will always say Merry Christmas to anyone and everyone, even if you don’t celebrate it. I won’t deny Christ! If we deny Him before man, He will deny us before the Father. Be Bold! Be a witness for Christ.

First published December 8, 2014. Republished with revisions for December 4, 2015. #ElfOnTheShelf #MyElfExperiment

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Steve Patterson

I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I blog for God here at CourageousChristianFather.com. I serve as a youth leader, van driver and usher at my church. I also serve where ever else may be needed. I am working on a bachelor's degree in Theology. I also like to go out and hand out Gospel of John's and Gospel Tracts. I am a single father with custody of my almost adult child. I am a graphic designer too. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle. I attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America in 1994.

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  1. I had some thoughts about the elf on the shelf too. We took a slightly different approach, and are using the elf this year to help emphasize God’s character. So many of the kids in my neighborhood do elf on the shelf, so there are easy opportunities to turn elf conversations into spiritual conversations. I’m calling it #myelfexperiment. Check it out if you’d like and let me know what you think. Each day I place the elf somewhere in the house, then write a note that points my kids to an attribute of God. For example, one day he was hanging from the pendulum of the grandfather clock, and the note read, ““God never changes; He always stays the same. He does not get old or tired. He does not change His name. Take time to thank Him for always loving you! Take time to thank your PARENTS for loving you, too!” The starting point of each note is God’s character, followed up by an appropriate application in response to God’s character. We’re posting a photo a day on our website in hopes to help other parents who have an elf on the shelf to use it as a means to point their kids to God. There’s been a very favorable response so far, and it’s helped to get more people interacting with our site. We are Discover God 4Kids, if you’d like to learn more about what we’re working on.

    1. Oops, forgot to link to the blog entry– Here’s where it begins> http://blog.dg4kids.com/kathy-brights-korner/my-elf-experiment/

    2. Hey thanks for the feed back comment. That is an interesting way to use the Elf on the Shelf. I will have to go check out some of the journey on this experimemt.

  2. I found this blog as I was looking for ideas for our Shepherd this year and I thought I’d share! So I just got The Shepherds Treasure in the mail that I ordered and it’s amazing… it’s a Christian elf on the Shelf alternative! Might be something to look into! It’s this cute little Shepherd doll that takes kids on a mission to find Jesus during the month of December. I found it here: http://www.theshepherdstreasure.com I really like your blog btw! 🙂 Thanks!!

    1. Hey thanks, I will have to look into this and see what it is all about. Thanks for sharing.

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