Where did all the Christmas joy go? How did things get so complicated? So rushed? So squeezed and cluttered? It doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose to step aside, step into a quieter moment, and read angel’s words that came on that night that changed the world.
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’”
Real joy is never something that originates from within, it has to come to us from without. Trying to find joy by getting it out of yourself is like believing a river can flow uphill. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why so many have a hard time finding joy at Christmas. Bite into a Christmas cookie, and you might enjoy it. Open a shiny package and you might enjoy what you find inside. But joy itself—in its true and pure form—is so much more than enjoyment. Joy is the startling realization that God really has claimed territory in this world. He’s taken back what belongs to him.
I have found that my enjoyment is seeing the people around me happy. I simple smile on someone’s face will brighten anyone’s day. Stepping into a stranger space, when you are out and about, and asking them how they are doing gives them life. And when the favor is returned, you can not help but reflect that you have been spoken too. We have to look out in life and make the determination that happiness is what we want and we will not settle for less. Joy is a thirst that can not be quenched; a hunger that knows it will go on and on. It’s a good thing, to never get enough of God. GOD love you and has not forsaken you. I want to leave you today with a short video of TD JAKES ” The Gift”. – He So Loved Me!