The psalmist said in Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Although it’s easy to think about joy in terms of happiness and celebration, we must be mindful that joy comes from gratefulness to God for salvation, not a lack of trials or an “easy” life here on Earth. I like this quote from Rick Warren, “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”
Last year Ilona taught us that joy stands for Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last. I love the acronym because it’s easy to remember and when put into practice we can truly rejoice in knowing we are honoring God’s commands of loving Him first and our neighbors as ourselves.
What are some ways you are bringing JOY to others this advent season? If you’ve already come up with a play to spread some JOY around, great, but if not here are some ideas; serve at a local mission, help someone put up Christmas decorations, invite your neighbors to Christmas dinner or better yet, invite them to church! What better way to rejoice that to share the wonderful gift of Jesus with others? The list could go on but hopefully you get the idea. 1 Peter 1:8-9 sums up what joy means to me pretty well so I’ll end with it.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
written by: Kandice Eckhoff