The big day has come and gone. Many are standing in line for sales today or taking back gifts they did not like or which did not fit. Relatives are packing up suitcases to head home. Many are signing up for Weight Watchers to shed those extra pounds from food they ate too much of.This time of year is not happy and joyful for many. Some have lost loved ones recently. Others have received a bad medical diagnoses. Some families have members in jail or prison. Perhaps it was a job loss. Many people are depressed this time of year as perhaps they feel they can not live up to the worlds' expectations that they have to be happy when they just do not feel up to it.
Our joy has to be beyond our situation and our "stuff". It can not be based on feelings. It has to come from the inner person. You receive this type of joy only from one thing. Jesus! Gifts, promotions, money, status and all the rest are fine but they do not bring true joy.
Nehemiah 8:10 says 'The joy of the Lord is your strength.' Is He in fact your joy? He can be. Start each day reading a Psalm and asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It is possible to have true joy regardless of the things around you.
PRAYER: Lord I know people are hurting more at Christmas because of let downs and missed expectations. Help me Lord to show your love and joy to those around me. Lead me to someone who needs to know you Lord and give me the words to comfort them. In Jesus' name.Amen.
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