We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

Oh, star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light

More than a Christmas carol

I assume just about everyone reading this post is familiar with the Christmas carol “We Three Kings.” I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have sung this song or heard recording artists add their own rendition to the classic. We also refer to the three kings as the “wisemen” who traveled to worship baby Jesus and present Him with gifts.

As we wrap up 2020, I have been convicted about which “king(s)” I’m admiring, listening to, taking advice from, and worshiping. This time of year is a great time for reflection. There have been a number of things to think back on in 2020: COVID-19, riots, disharmony, a tenuous election cycle, facemasks, shutdowns, racial tension, Supreme Court confirmation.

The list goes on.

Back to my conviction

I have to check myself on a regular basis to make sure I am not following the wrong “three Kings”. These kings are not in charge. They are not the wisest. They are selfish. They generally lead me into trouble and away from my intentions. In fact, you have the same three tugging on your heart, trying to lead you down the wrong path.

Who are these three kings?: Me, Myself, and I.

That’s right. Those three “kings” get me in a lot of trouble. I am constantly battling to resist their rule over my life. Yet, I still fall victim to their temptations. Darn them!

As we reminisce in 2020 and plan ahead for 2021, would you join me in making every effort to de-throne these kings?