Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Light of Christmas

I don't think it was by accident that I as I was sharing my feelings (regarding yesterdays post) to my mom she too was able to add to the "feeling" of Christmas time. She to had gone to church Sunday morning and heard a message about the "Light of Christmas." Thankfully for today's technology I was able to automatically listen to the message from Sunday. It was preached by the pastor of my home church in Cape Girardeau, MO. 

Joy or Happiness 
Which do you have? 

Surviving your suffering...
There are 2 ways: 
the difference between the 2

"1. ones who want someone to relieve their suffering
there are ones who want to be happy in life 
they wanted the circumstances to change

then there are: 

2. one willing to give of theirselves to help others 
those who had meaning and purpose in the midst of their suffering 

So think about ones who want to find happiness are takers 
they want someone or some experience to do something for them that will satisfy the longing in their heart to be fulfilled 

Then there are ones who want meaning and purpose in life...the givers. 
The ones who HAVE received but are willing to give it away. 
The ones who have the perspective to find the fulfillment and meaning in their life.

Which are you?

In the pain and suffering that you are it that you want to be happy and you want it to go away OR is it in the pain you are able to find meaning so you can experience TRUE JOY.

Happiness is an emotion that comes and goes. Happiness is a moment. We all like and have "happy moments." That's not where we can place our hope. That's not where we will find joy. We want to find the next thing, spend money, go places, and all the rest...which isn't bad in itself as long as you have the perspective those things aren't going to bring fulfillment in your life. 

It is the JOY of knowing Jesus can bring the only fulfillment in life. "
-Brother Mark

Luke 1:48 

He references Luke Chapter 1...He talked about Mary, Jesus's mother. How she found JOY in the midst of her circumstance. 

This brings me back to what I referenced the LIGHT for Jesus. 
Don't ask for anything just know the true source of JOY for our lives. 

I mentioned about how Wyatt was so innocently raising his hands and worshipping the Lord. It was such a great reminder to stop and refocus on where I get my joy. 
Am I looking in the right place? 

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