‘Tis the Season to be…

Christmas is a season of many things.

Busyness, people are running in and out of stores trying to find gifts and going to holiday party after holiday party (those are fun don’t get me wrong).

Stress, they don’t have everything ready for Christmas. Presents aren’t wrapped and it is only a week and a half away. Or they have deadlines that need to be met before the year is over.

Excitement, they are traveling or seeing loved ones.

Holiday cheer, decorations are up and lights are on the tree.

One word I see often during this time of year is JOY. A 5 year old girl asked me what J-O-Y spelled because she was seeing it written everywhere. It made me stop and think about this word and the meaning of it.

Joy is the “feeling of great happiness and delight.” There are songs sung during this season with the lines “ ‘tis the season to be jolly…” and “Joy to the world the Lord has come!”

Where does this jolly and this joy come from?

It comes from giving to others out of selflessness. It comes from loving each other not because we have to but because we want to. First and foremost it comes from God.

God gave us his son as a baby on this earth. He brought JOY and HOPE into this lost, busy, chaotic, selfish world. Because God loves us so much he was separated from his son and gave him to us as a gift.

What are you going to do with that gift?

Are you going to keep it for yourself?

Sure you can have Jesus, but don’t keep him all to yourself. God intended for us to share the gift that we have been given.

Isn’t it more enjoyable to share a gift you have been given with a friend or two or more? Well that is exactly how it is with the love of Jesus. Share it! Give it to everyone!

In all the chaos, let’s not lose sight of the true gift of Christmas and the reason we celebrate. Don’t get lost in the presents and the wrapping paper. Enjoy the love and the joy and the hope that is all around you even if it’s hard to see at times. Stop and look for it, because it is there. Look for the signs that say JOY. They are good reminders how Christmas is supposed to be. God is all around you no matter where you go. And this is a gift that keeps on giving, not just during the holiday season!

 

You are loved.

Merry Christmas!

“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.'”                                                                                  Luke 2:10-11

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”        John 3:16-17

joy-to-the-world-cross-550x320

0

18 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season to be…

  1. I just want to say I’m beginner to weblog and honestly loved your blog. More than likely I’m likely to bookmark your website . You definitely come with good well written articles. Appreciate it for sharing your blog site.

  2. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both educative and interesting, and let me tell
    you, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which
    not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    Now i’m very happy that I found this in my hunt for something concerning this.

  3. Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?

    I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time
    selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs
    and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  4. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all people you really
    know what you are speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Please also visit
    my web site =). We will have a link change arrangement among us

  5. Hello, its nice post regarding media print,
    we all understand media is a enormous source of facts.

  6. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s
    a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your
    theme? Superb work!

  7. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around
    your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed
    and I hope you write again very soon!

  8. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my weblog thus i came
    to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to improve my website!I
    suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  9. Its such as you read my thoughts! You seem to understand so much approximately this,
    such as you wrote the e book in it or something. I think that
    you could do with some p.c. to force the message house a bit, however other than that, this is fantastic blog.
    An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

  10. Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and
    you are just too fantastic. I actually like what you have acquired here,
    certainly like what you’re saying and the way in which you
    say it. You make it entertaining and you still
    care for to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read much more from you.

    This is actually a wonderful web site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *