Choose Joy

With the holidays in full swing and Christmas being only days away, I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to be reminded that joy is not just a season. It is a way of life.  Although it is good to feel joyful during the holidays, experiencing joy year round is something we should all strive to do.

In order to experience joy, we need to familiarize ourselves with the practice of gratitude.  Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, a readiness to show appreciation for, and one of the most meaningful ways to return kindness. In the weary world we all live in, the concept and reality of pure joy is hard to come by.  Our weary world is filled with many different hardships; wars, natural disasters, racism, disagreements, and so on.  In addition to the struggles of the world, each individual faces their own hardships each day; grieving loved ones lost, figuring out how to pay the bills on time, and trying our best to navigate our surroundings and where we fit in society to name a few.

(Photo Credit: Lindsey Lewis)
Rollins Savannah; Grayslake, Illinois (Photo Credit: Lindsey Lewis)

Regardless of how life is going for you, starting off your day with gratitude rather than complaints can change your whole perspective on things.  Think about what you are grateful for instead of things you aren’t looking forward to.  Go out of your way to do kind things for others instead of staying in your comfort zone. When more people practice gratitude, our world will become more joyful.

Because of Christ, joy can and will be found in every situation.  During this time of Christmas, we are reminded that God gave us His son, and we should be grateful for Him.  Many Christmas songs have lyrics that hold this to be true, such as; “Joy to the World, the Lord has come”.  Enjoy the Holidays with your loved ones, but remember how important joy is in the grand scheme of things. It is not just a seasonal thing, but a way of life.

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-Lindsey Lewis

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