CHRISTMAS IS COMING...
JOY-FILLED LIVES COUNTERACT STRESS
Our lives are supposed to be joy-filled – it’s a characteristic of the kingdom. And joy is key in counteracting Christmas-induced stress, and an essential source of energy!
What gifts of joy can we find this season? It will be different for each of us: maybe a seasonal ornament or a letter from a friend, perhaps this year’s first mince pie or a comic Christmas card, maybe a neighbour’s Christmas tree, or a favourite movie.
And we don’t have to own things to enjoy them. We can delight in a Christmas card design without buying a pack, revel in the artistry of a window display without craving the contents, and enjoy next door’s wreath without having to compete.
Let’s cultivate child-like attitudes (Matthew 18:23), delighting in simple things (or simply delighting in things), and rediscover our sense of wonder – after all it’s an important kingdom attribute. And then let’s embrace our gifts of joy with thanksgiving.
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