The Christmas season has arrived! It’s the time of year that we Christians let what should be our year-long joy free on the world. We’ve unfortunately allowed our joy at life, being saved and the amazing gift of Jesus to get pushed into just one month out of the year. We’ve let other people dictate how expressive we are and have somehow come to believe that it’s not a good idea to be happy or thankful for more than one month each year. That’s really a topic for another time, but I do encourage you to take the time to look at your life during the other 11 months of the year and see how you can incorporate a little of that Christmas joy into each day.
It’s funny because as joyful as we make Christmas it really started out as a challenge. After all, no one wants to be the magically pregnant couple, have a baby in a stable and have to make long journeys at the same time. It’s really not a thing of joy. Yes, the angels and wisemen that we associate with Jesus’ birth are happy and joyful additions, but if you really think about it the joy doesn’t come until many years later after the resurrection. It’s then that Jesus is able to spread the joy, and people are willing to spread it too. It’s that sense of victory, that yes, Jesus did indeed conquer the grave and now we’ve got proof of hope for the future.
This Christmas I encourage you to find time for hope and joy. Let the spirit of the season be part of your life, embrace it! Don’t let the grumps and people who say Christmas is to secularized or flashy get you down, instead, celebrate with the best of them. If it’s the one time of year that you’re “allowed” to show your joy, why don’t you?