And the angel said to them,
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” –Luke 2:10-14
Here’s some great suggestions for finding real joy during the busy Christmas season from Ron Edmondson pastor at Grace Community Church, in Clarksville, Tennessee: “5 Suggestions for Finding More Joy at Christmas”
Here are five suggestions to greater joy at Christmas:
Lower expectations of others – We shouldn’t hold others to expectation we set for them. People, even the best of people, will disappoint us.
Increase your investment in others – Something supernatural happens when we share with others. We are to give and extend grace, as it was given to us.
Examine your life/Address known sin – You can’t have joy w/a holy God if you are living contrary to His desires for your life
Change your perspective – Choosing to be greatly joyful is not based on circumstances, but comes by perspective.
Set your eyes on the prize – If you’re struggling to find joy in life, set your eyes on Jesus; the author and perfecter of your faith.