Negativity. It's all around us. Somedays I feel as if I'm drowning in negative thoughts, both my own and those belonging to others. It's difficult at times to find something that we can truly be joyful about. When we do, there are always those who try to take that joy away from you. As Taylor Swift reminds us, "Haters gonna hate."
What do you do to find joy?
I love Christmas. This holiday evokes a sense of peace and happiness within me that few other things can duplicate. Celebrating Christmas brings me joy. It provides moments that I can enjoy with my family. Christmas gives us opportunity to create traditions, to create memories. Yet, people are trying to tell me how I can celebrate. They are trying to tell me there are rules to be followed. Love Christmas, but only this way, at this time. They are trying to steal my joy.
Why? Why do we let ourselves be bothered by things that aren't doing others harm? My choosing to celebrate Christmas for more than 25 days does not hurt anyone. Putting up our Christmas tree a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving does not rob you of that holiday. Instead, for us, it gives just one more thing to be thankful for. What a great gift we were given, why can't that be included in our Thanks giving?
This is just one example. There are many ways, many times throughout the year, that we are faced with a decision. Do we choose to let little things we don't particularly understand or care for bother us? Bother us to the point where we steal another's joy?
Finding times and ways to rejoice is hard enough. Don't let yourself be the reason somebody else's joyful heart is extinguished.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. - Philippians 4:4-9
Let's try together to be a light to all in this dark, dark world.
From my family, to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas.
I realize that there are many of you that have reasons that make this holiday a particularly difficult time. Please take no offense to this rant of mine.