God wants more for you this season than the stress of trying to keep up with what everyone else is able to do. A dear friend posted a picture on Facebook yesterday of her son with a mini Christmas tree. One side was her son with the light and decorated tree just staring in wonder. The other side was reality: the tree knocked over, ornaments in her sons’ hand. We have expectations and we have to learn to set them aside and consider what that moment truly means for your family. Her son was learning the beauty of a Christmas tree. He was full of wonder and he just wanted to explore the thing bringing him joy.
Now that we’ve entered into hope and peace, we get to enter into joy.
Joy is so much about who we are and how we choose to enter into a situation. When we enter with joy, we realize the situation is not about us. It is about God in the moment and what he is bringing us into. Joy brings a situation to life. It shines through struggles. It helps spur on our hope and peace.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25
Keep in Step with the Spirit
Joy is not elusive. Even in the hard times we can fight for and find joy in big ways. Galatians reminds us that joy comes as a fruit of the Spirit. That same Spirit that lives inside of us and leads us to live like Christ. It’s not something we can develop on our own. It comes only from God. From listening to the Spirit and how he is helping us understand scripture.
As you enter into joy this season, remember my friends’ little son who found joy as he explored his wonder. Where can you find moments to pause and wonder this season? What has God asked you to dwell on this advent season? Is there a phrase or word that you want to cling to and ponder this season? Something that will draw you closer to God in this season, and allow you to focus less on the things this world tells us Christmas should be about.