What’s the best news you’ve ever received? “You got the job!”, “You lost 4lbs!”or better yet “I want to marry you!”.
But many of us live with a sense of bad news.
We feel we’re constantly being bombarded with the wrong messages, “You’re gonna get fired”, “You’re not pretty enough”, “I don’t love you anymore”.
How do we bring joy to others even when we don’t have it ourselves?
#1 Focus on the Message not the Messenger.
The story of Luke 2 is the story of the shepherds hearing “news of great joy”, the message that Jesus, the Savior of the world, was soon to be born.
Too many times we focus on the bad news of the day, we listen to the wrong messengers (tv, social media, online chatter) constantly telling us we don’t measure up. Focus on the message of Christmas, on the fact that Christ was born to bring you joy, peace and rest.
#2 Let the Message of Joy Touch The Broken Areas of Your Life.
I love the fact that the greatest news of all came to shepherds “camping in the neighborhood”. Shepherds were the working class of the day, often mistreated, robbed and taken for granted. They weren’t CEO’s and owners of internet start-ups yet the message came to them.
Culture and media does a great job making us feel like we’re not good enough, like we don’t deserve to hear good news. Let the message of joy come and heal your poverty, your sadness, your grief.
#3 Spread the Message of Joy With Everyone You Know.
Can you imagine how the shepherds felt after hearing the great news? It says that upon hearing the message, they “told everyone they met what the angels had said”, the message went viral.
Too many times we are too self-focused to see the need all around us. Give people your time, your help, your money and you’ll see your joy increased ten-fold.
I hope you have a great Christmas and holiday season, I’m here for you, cheering you on.
Thanks for reading.
Much GOZO and Grace!
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13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
19-20 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!