Fresh Hope – 23rd December 2020

What are you anticipating this Christmas? Joy? Excitement? Your favourite time of the year? Or more along the lines of sadness? Loneliness? Just another ordinary day?


Growing up, Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year, and I just assumed it was the same for everybody. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realised that is not always the case. It’s because our feelings towards Christmas are often based on our individual experiences of Christmas.

There is a difference between a thermometer and a thermostat. A thermometer tells you the temperature of a room, a thermostat dictates the temperature of a room. One reflects what is already there, one decides what is going to be there.


Christmas for many of us this year is going to look different, but the good news is that the kind of Christmas we experience is actually up to us.

A thermometer says, ‘I have no control over the atmosphere’, a thermostat says, ‘the atmosphere is set by me’. YOU get to determine your experience of Christmas this year. YOU get to control the atmosphere within your own heart and within your own home.


Don’t settle for being a thermometer, choose to be a thermostat, and make this Christmas the best one you’ve ever had, both for you and those around you.

Caleb Burchell

A daily devotion for a better way of living.