Let’s state the obvious. Finding joy in everyday life is definitely not easy. There are many things that cause us to have a bad attitude about our lives and the situations we are in and go through. But living in those kind of attitudes and moods is not where God wants us to be. He wants us to live joyfully.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
As believers in Christ, we are called to bear good fruit. This is presented in the passage of the “fruit of the spirit” in Galatians 5. We are called to love. To be joyful. To be patient. Kind. Good. Faithful. Gentle. Have self-control. How, you might ask, do I do all these things? I can’t be patient all the time. I can’t be kind to everyone. I can’t always love. Having self-control is hard. And being joyful in times of sorrow?
It’s not the gifts that we give. It’s not the spirit of giving. It’s not big ole’ [fat] Santa. It’s not the gift of kindness. It’s not the pretty decorations. It’s not the fun music. It’s Christ. He’s Christmas. He’s the reason we celebrate.
Christmas is fast approaching.
And that means a few things. For one, the weather is getting cooler. It seems as if the temperature is dropping rapidly on a daily basis! Christmas decorations are slowly being put up. Lights are being strung and lit. Stores are loading their shelves with holiday-themed merchandise. Family and friends are preparing for celebrations.