Holding onto Christmas Joy
To continue a tradition that I started last year here are some fun and/or sentimental Christmas quotes:
“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars, and open a jar of it every month.”
– Harlan Miller
“There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.” – Bill McKibben
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold; everything is softer and more beautiful.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
“I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.”
– Bernard Manning.
“You know you’re getting old, when Santa starts looking younger. “ – Robert Paul
“The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” – Johnny Carson
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
– Hamilton Wright Mab
“He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.”
– Sunshine Magazine
Holding onto Christmas Joy
We all have circumstances in life that have the potential to rob us of joy. Whether it be personal, career, business, political, etc. we all face things that if allowed can shift our focus to things that will rob our joy. Princeton University did an extensive study in 2004 that showed that most joy comes from focusing on what you already have rather than what you lack.
I don’t know what circumstance you’re facing. I have no idea, but I do know this. You have a choice. Is the situation going to rob you of joy? Are you going to let it steal from you? Consider Philippians 4:8 which says, “And, now, dear brothers and sisters one final thing, fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” I can be full of joy for this reason, because I can focus on what I have, rather than what I lack. I can focus on a God who no matter what I go through, He will always be right there with me.
I heard a story a while back about a missionary who lived in China. The missionary heard about a village that was tormented by a gang of bandits. The bandits went into the village and they burned everything. They burned, they beat up, they raped, and they ruined. It was an ugly, ugly scene.
The Missionary decided he wanted to go there and hope and pray with the people. When he arrived he found a little hymn book with some Christian songs in it, and he said it was all burned except for one line on one page. And it said this… “Joy to the world. The Lord has come.” He showed that to the pastor of that village, and the people of the village all began to sing the song together.
He said tears rolled down his face, because of this reason; he said, “I could not believe that these people would sing out, ‘Joy to the world. The Lord has come. Let earth receive her King.'”
He said, “Here it is. They’ve been robbed, raped, some murdered, and yet they’re still in the middle of it saying ‘God, we’re not going to let the circumstances push us away. We’re going to let the circumstances pull us closer to you.'”
Here’s my challenge to you is this; don’t sell your joy for anything. Don’t let anything derail you from joy. Commit to hanging on to Christ; decide that you will not sell Him out for anything. We’re all going to go through circumstances, it’s how you respond to it that makes all the difference. Let every single circumstance push you closer to God. Remember this… the Lord is my shepherd, and he’s not going to let you go.
Until Next time,
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4
Posted on December 23, 2010, in choices, Christmas, Habits, Personal Growth and tagged Christmas, encouragement, focus, Habits, joy, Life Change, Personal Growth, positive attitude. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.