“When happiness shows up, always give it a comfortable seat” –Patrick Stewart, “A Christmas Carol.”
On Christmas day, most people feel they can give themselves permission to be joyful and peaceful. For a few hours, they put aside their fears and frustrations, and let themselves feel joy, and be at peace in their own home. But Jesus Christ was not born (much less, crucified and resurrected) to give you a moment of rest once a year. You’re invited to live in his joy and peace, not just visit.
I know how trite that seems, how unrealistic. But that’s the point. Your reality needs to change. Among any good and lasting resolutions to be make for your future, start with seeing your life from God’s perspective. To know who he wants to be for you in each day, to see yourself and all your relationships and circumstances from inside his love, joy, peace, goodness, and grace. All the time. From that place, he transforms you to naturally (and supernaturally) overflow that and more every day, because that’s your ongoing experience in him. The purest joy you feel at your best Christmas moment is just the doorway to the life God has for you. So come on in, sit down, and stay awhile. Welcome home.
“The kingdom of God is not about rules for what to eat and drink, it’s fully living in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).