As we enter the Christmas holidays the word JOY has been placed on my heart.
- feeling, expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness.
This time of year is when we typically find so many things to be joyful about. The gifts we receive, the story of Jesus, spending time with our families, time off work, and so much more.
But in the world we live in today joy can be scarce, even in the most joyful season, and that is heartbreaking. Through the struggles and the suffering whatever that might look like for you or someone you know, we can all find joy in the small things. The Bible actually commands us to have joy.
“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
David Mathis said in an article, “Joy is not the icing on our cake, but an essential ingredient in a complex batter.”
As Christians we can spread Christ’s joy – a simple smile, having patience with a frustrated cashier, praying for someone in silence or out loud. And, if you are the someone struggling to find joy, the ultimate joy comes from Christ alone in His promises and His word.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Be joyful this season and happy holidays.