Before Halloween, Christmas decorations began appearing on the store shelves and the Hallmark Channel began the flow of Christmas movies.
Some sigh with frustration when they see a Christmas ornament before Thanksgiving, while others are ecstatic in anticipation of the long awaited holiday season.
Which person are you?
I'm of the latter persuasion and struggle with how anyone cannot be excited about celebrating the birthday of the King.
The Advent Season has begun. It means waiting in anticipation, hoping for something wonderful to come.
The words of Advent are Hope, Love, Peace and Joy. Each week during Advent one word is reflected on in many denominations leading up to Christmas, reminding us of what God's people were watching and waiting for - The Messiah.
But, for the purpose of this blog, I'm jumping right into JOY.
I absolutely love Christmas and all that comes with it: the brightness in a child's eyes full of imagination and anticipation, trimmed trees, glowing lights, decorations, family time, making memories, shopping, wrapping gifts, movies, nativity scenes, Christmas music, baking and the absolute JOY the season brings.
On that glorious night, some shepherds were watching their flocks in a field when suddenly...
JOY overcomes fear and anxiety.
How do we define this exhilarating thread woven into the fabric of a Christian's life?
1. Is JOY an emotion?
2. Can JOY and sorrow be present at the same time?
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2 NASB).
3. Is JOY a state of mind?
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth
(Colossians 3:2 NASB).
4. Can a believer lose their JOY?
David seemed to. With a repentant heart he cries out to God in Psalm 51...
So I believe the answer to all of the above is "yes" and JOY can be defined as follows:
JOY is a mindset. A mind set on the glorious outcome of an eternal story.
JOY is an ingredient which unleashes the soul to rise up and worship.
JOY takes our breath away while simultaneously filling us the Breath of Life.
JOY keeps the Hope, Love, and Peace alive 365 days a year as we anticipate His coming again.
Pure, undeniable, incomprehensible, life-giving JOY!
My Pleasure and Merry Christmas,
(All Scriptures used from Bibleway.com)