Naughty or Nice? by Jo Russell

As Brenda knitted away the last 15 minutes of her lunch break in the employee lounge, coworker Brent, married only a few weeks, came in and banged on the pop machine after he put in his quarters. It spat out a Coke.

He glanced over at his shapely twenty-something coworker, Brenda. The single was working on something with knitting needles, so he peered over her shoulder at the picture of the finished product. Bruce nearly choked on his soda and did a double-take! The blonde model posed at a European airport seemed to be bare-chested under the lacy garment!

He looked at Brenda’s see-through tunic shimmering like jewels with the varied colors.  She held it up to see if the pattern was even. Her project was definitely see-through as well!

“Do you plan to wear anything under that?”  he queried hopefully with a smirk.

The curvy young woman replied, “Pretty drafty for December, don’t you think?”

Kings and fathers over the centuries have insightful advice and input for sons. From King Solomon, “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” This is followed by “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”  [Proverbs 15:2-3]

For though boundaries may not seem fun, especially for the young, and God’s laws may seem restrictive, this summary is powerful, “The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guard his way guards his life.” [Proverbs 16:17]

And guarding one’s thoughts, actions, words, and choices brings the best of blessings now and in the future.  It distinguishes naughty and nice, not just on Santa’s list, but God’s.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from and her speaking engagements. [Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website,]