Joy. Do you think you experience joy? Being joyful means being inherently happy when everything isn’t okay. Being joyful means praising Jesus in the storm. Being joyful means looking out for Jesus in everyone you meet. Being joyful means being sure of the faith and spreading the Good News to everyone because it’s simply restricting not to. Being joyful means being an influence to others in hard times to remember that He turns everything to the good of those who love Him.
There are so many ways we can be joyful in life but we usually choose to get swept by the current and be sucked down under the waves of despair. Our natural instinct is to complain of life when it gets hard and it’s our first resort to overcome fear of the unknown and overwhelming situations. Jesus tells us that even during our suffering, we must be patient and joyful where we stand.
“Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.”
There is joy in knowing that the hard times will pass and life here is just a pilgrimage. There is joy in knowing that we will see the face of God and He will lift us up from the worldly waves that pull us down.
Since joy comes only from God, someone who seeks happiness in the world is like “a famished person who opens his mouth to satisfy himself with air.” St John of the Cross
“Say to the fearful of heart: Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; With divine recompense he comes to save you.” Isaiah 35:4
This Christmas, let us find joy in all that we are experiencing. Let us come to realise that Jesus was born to save us. Since we’re made in His true likeness it is naturally innate in us to desire to be with God. He could not stay away from His creations and so sent His only son to save us, to save me, to save you – even if you were the only person in the world – because He loves us – He IS love.
Christmas is the step God took to be one with His children. Christmas is the birth of God’s only son as a human baby. Christmas is the start of the story of salvation. All we need to do is accept Him in our lives – in every part of our lives. He knows you by name, and wants you to accept Him to truly understand what Christmas is all about. If this does not bring you joy, I don’t know what else will!
Stay rad and God bless you!