Yet again the Christmas/New Year season is upon us! It should be a time of hope and happiness but often can end in a feeling of disappointment and despair. Life can be hard, with its numerous challenges. There’s so much going on around us in the world that it would be easy to feel hopeless, but we can find our peace even in the midst of turmoil. The problem is, when times get tough, we can very easily give up on the things of the Spirit and cling rather to the things of the natural because we have moved our focus from God and His promises.
So what are you trusting God for as this year ends and another begins? This is supposed to be the Happy Season, but when we get our focus off the true meaning of Christmas we miss out on the joy God wants us to experience We all want to be happy, but happiness is a choice not a result – did you get that? Hope brings happiness, but doubt never can. God honours those who are willing to trust Him regardless of how its looks, because nothing pleases God more than our faith (Heb 11:6). He really wants us to live by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). So what are you trusting God for as this year ends and another begins?
How do we choose to be happy? Here are a couple of suggestions:
1) Be grateful – learn to develop a lifestyle of thankfulness. We can so easily see the negatives in our situation instead of looking for all the things to be thankful to God for. Did you know that a grateful heart leads you to a place of contentment? Paul said (Phil 4:11-13) I have learnt to be content whatever the circumstances, I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. You will never do this without seeing through the eyes of faith.
2) Make your time count – when it seems there is so much to do and no time to do it in, let’s remember David’s words Psalm 39:6 All our busy rushing ends in nothing! Are you asking God to help you? To give you wisdom even to use your time wisely? And remember at challenging times give yourself permission to let some things slide without feeling guilty. You can set your hope in God’s faithfulness even in the daily affairs of life and say “I choose to be happy no matter what the outcome”. As we enter into a new year thank God for all He is going to do and remember the best is yet to come.