Traditional Christmas wishes and greetings always include PEACE and JOY. But, are peace and joy really things that we strive after or regard as valuable?
Think about it… most of our pass-times and entertainment do not revolve around peace. We go to movies to be thrilled or scared, we go to theme parks to ride at breakneck speeds on twisting, looping, high roller coaster tracks, we play video games that revolve around action-packed war, crime, and violence. I’m not saying they’re necessarily ‘bad’… but they sure don’t embody peace.
The same with joy. We strive to be satisfied, entertained, rich, famous, and successful. We strive to be happy. But, that’s not necessarily the same thing as joy. Joy is a deeper, more enduring sense of well-being… one that doesn’t depend on attaining the things we strive for, but rather wells up out of appreciation for the way things are. Rick Warren, world-famous pastor, describes joy this way:
Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation. (See his full post HERE)
THIS is the peace and joy of Christmas!
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:10, 14)