Have ya ever noticed that there is nothing that can ruin a bad day
faster than to be joyful? The Bible says
Be joyful always; pray continually; and give thanks in all
We have coming up and surrounding us what is supposed to be the most
joyful time of the year
.. ie. Christmas. Now believe it or not, some folks have a
hard time being joyful during this season.
There are a lot of reasons for them not to be joyful and I certainly
dont make light of those reason, but, the only way to be joyful, especially in
a time like this, is to find pleasure in the relationship we do have with
god. You see, the relationship we have
with God is full of hope
. Its different than most relationships and it
is possible to be joyful in hope even in the middle of all those on-going
afflictions we have.
I have found, in my own struggles, the easiest and best way to be
joyful about anything is to give God thanks for everything in all circumstances. Guess what?
It works. Doing this seems to add
sparkle to Gods blessings and increases my joy; it also helps me pray more continually
than not. So when were feeling down,
for whatever reason and no-matter when, it is still and always will be a good
time to thank God. This tiny act of
gratitude can and does brighten a bunch of attitude.
Christmas is meant for us to be joyful. God promised the world a savior and God
delivered the world a savior. His
promises and presence in our lives is what overcomes and overshadows any and
all depression we may face or endure. So
take heart my friends, God has provided a way and means of saving you and me
from our own sin and our own unjoyfulness.
If you are a believer, ya just gotta be a little joyful about Christmas
and what we celebrate it for. Let that
joy show and shine for someone else who might need it worse than you. That just might be the best present any of us
can give this year. God bless you all
and a joyful Christmas for each.