The Joy of Christmas1
Christmas spirit is something that I used to see as forced happiness. “People aren’t really that happy and they were just getting sucked up into the holiday, getting excited over the wrong things.” After the season is over and they receive all their presents, they go back to being miserable and toxic to be around. I used to look at it that way because I was guilty of these exact thoughts and actions. Until I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I never fully understood the true meaning and true joy of Christmas.
Christmas spirit is not just a temporary, seasonal feeling, but it is an everyday, year-round type of joy that never fails. If you get joyful around Christmas time, it is just a glimpse of what your life could be like every single day of your life!
The meaning of Christmas is often lost. We get so distracted by all the gift giving and the meal preparing and the house decorating that we forget what it is really all about: love.
It is often repetitive, and you may get tired of hearing it, but if it is something that you keep hearing, maybe you are meant to. Maybe someone is trying to tell you something. Maybe God is trying to reach your heart.
God loves you so much that He sent His only son to step into the mess of this world. He came to die for you and all of your sins, making you blameless in the eyes of the Lord. That is what Christmas is about. Celebrating and rejoicing in the birth of our Lord and Savior, the one who sets our hearts free from the weight of our sins. He never fails.
This Christmas, I encourage you to be appreciative for all that God has given you. Be appreciative towards your family, friends and loved ones, for the time that you spend with them, for the food that is prepared for you, and for the gifts that are given to you. But most importantly, be appreciative for the greatest gift of them all: Jesus Christ.
Spread the Christmas spirit! Spread it around this season and spread it every single day after. Smile at a stranger. Hold the door for the person behind you. Look the person in the eye that wished you “happy holidays” and respond to them with a “Merry Christmas”. Remind them of the joy God gives to us through your words, actions, and demeanor.
Don’t let the enemy distract you from spreading His light and love to others.
John 1: 9-14,
The true light, which gives light to everyone was coming into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him and who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only son from the Father, full of grace and truth.