Today’s Devotional is offered by Susan Satterwhite
Often times we focus on the final destination and fail to enjoy the journey. Christmas is more than a single day; it is a season that we should work to embrace all along the way. Our minds are often clouded with all the tasks of the season that many times we become overwhelmed and fail to find the joy along the way. We get confused thinking we will find joy in a gift or in an event.
While thinking about finding joy, I reflected on Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and how their journey had to have been stressful and overwhelming. They had to travel a long way in difficult conditions. They were unsure of how things would work out. They had no idea where they would find their resting place to welcome baby Jesus. Although their journey was extremely difficult, they welcomed Heaven here on Earth when baby Jesus was born. This is when our joy was born.
Our journey seems similar: memories of loved ones, financial struggles, health issues, and the overwhelming daily to-do list. The journey may not be easy, but there is joy in the journey if you walk with Christ along the way. Joy is the presence of God. We can welcome God into our lives every day, everywhere. But I invite you to be present with us all to feel the presence of God as we celebrate during this season at Oxford Baptist Church.
The ability to have joy is a gift. Our circumstances may not be desirable, but we can still have joy. Joy is a condition beyond our daily circumstances here on Earth. Joy is everlasting, joy is found in our relationship with Jesus. God has given us so much grace that we must, in turn, give it to others and to ourselves.
This season I urge you to join me in finding joy on this journey. While doing some reading, I came across an acronym that I think will help us on our journey: J- Jesus, O- others, Y- you. If we focus on this goal I do believe we will find joy in the journey. Our focus must be on our relationship with Jesus, we must love and give to others, and with this as our focus, we will find joy in our own hearts.
The journey will be hard, but focusing on our Lord– who He is, what He has done to save us, and His promise to keep us– will surely bring us joy along the journey. Let’s travel together….
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2: 10-11