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, – 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)
I remember as a kid one Christmas, it felt like all my cousins got more presents than I did. I spent the whole holiday pouting because I felt like I didn’t get my fair share of presents. Now, I’m sure that wasn’t the case and that we all got the same amount of gifts, but from my 6-year-old perspective, I was treated unfairly.
That Christmas day was no fun for me because I chose to be unhappy and sad. I could have been thankful that I got presents, but instead I chose to look at what I didn’t have and as a result became very unhappy.
Jesus wants us to experience joy this Christmas. And while you may not get every present you wanted for Christmas, you can still choose to be happy.
Today’s Truth: Jesus came to bring joy to your life
When we let Jesus into our lives, we are filled with joy. But sometimes, we let that joy be silenced by circumstances and things that are going on around us. So today, if you’ve allowed yourself to become unhappy, choose to focus on joy.
Realize that Jesus loves you, and knowing Him is the best present of all. So regardless of the things going on around you and in your life, make this Christmas a season of joy!