Throughout the year, I am usually the last one to hear about what is going on. Christmas was almost over before I heard about the year's sensation, The Elf on the Shelf.

Once The Elf on the Shelf is adopted by a family, it serves as Santa Claus' eyes and ears in its home. Each night, The Elf returns to the North Pole to review that day's list of naughty and nice deeds.

The friend who clued me in on this holiday trend told me his daughters had been on good behavior since The Elf on the Shelf came to live with them. Their first order of business when they awaken is to search the house to see where The Elf on the Shelf has positioned itself. It changes locations each day to keep tabs on children.

In addition to getting the kids out of bed in a hurry to play the game of hide and seek, it serves as a reminder that someone is always watching what they do.

Santa and his list and his assistant, The Elf on the Shelf, are fine for reminding children to be on their best behavior in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Of course, all of us have God watching us all the time. He truly knows whether we have been naughty or nice. He forgives us when we repent our naughtiness and is gladdened when He sees us doing good on His behalf.

And the best part of all, we don't have to hunt throughout the house to find out where God is hiding that particular day. He is always hidden deep in our heart, waiting to appear in our love for Him and for others.

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When we see God, we find Him in love.