Christmas is here and the year is gradually coming to an end, one question we might ask ourselves is how am I going to enjoy myself this season?
Depending on several factors, that question may result in excitement and rapid thoughts of fantasy or perhaps a gloomy face beacause of the effects the recession might have caused on our welfare.
Nevertheless, we all deserve to get our grooves on this festive season. By this I mean enjoy ourselves. We mark Christmas as the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ the redeemer. Soon after He was born, an angel appeared to three shepards saying “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people” Luke 2:10 NKJV.
If there is a word synonymous to this season, it is the word ‘Joy’. Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. As creations of God especially born again children of God, God expects us to live in joy, day in, day out. Even through thick and thin, lack and plenty, shame and honour.
The question is how does one live in joy despite unpleasant conditions?
1. Thankful Heart: The first step to walking in joy is to have a thankful heart. Surly there are things in your life that shows God has been good to you; things others admire in your life. Life is one reason to thank God. That you can read this post shows your eyes are functioning, which is another reason to thank God. Those who can be thankful for little things will have no problem being joyful in the days of plenty. They will because they have mastered the art of thanksgiving, which is the secret to having a joyful heart. There is a native Youruba saying which goes “T’omode ba dupe ore ana, a ri omiran gba”, which means “If a child is gratetful for yesterday he will get more tomorrow”.
2. Obedience: One of the first things taught in Sunday school is the phrase “Obedience is better than sacrifice”. The word obey is a foundation in Christianity that often times, as we growfrom baby Christians to matured ones, we forget how important it is. How does obedience bring about a joyful heart you may ask?
It’s quite simple, parents will generally tend towards kids who obey them and make them proud. They grant their requests within the twinkle of an eye. They buy things the child didn’t even ask for on their way from work. They bless the child even in their hearts. This is the same with God. Make a conscious effort to obey Him daily and joy will overflow in your heart.
3. Music- Music brings melody to our heart and soul. Genuine godly music has a way of feeding our soul (Soul food). Fortunately, we now have a lot of fast godly songs to groove to. Listening to them will lift our spirits; particularly listening to songs whose lyrics speaks joy, gratefulness and thankfulness. Songs like ‘Korede’ and ‘Ready to Praise’ by Mike Adul, ‘Liberty’ by Henrisoul, ‘Amen’ and ‘Gbemisoke’ by Tim Godfrey just to mention a few fall into this category. Other slow tempo songs like Testify by Ada, Onise Iyanu by Nathaniel Bassey ft Micah Stampley, Imani by Sonnie Badu and other songs with great confessions can lift up ones spirit. You can listen and download lastest and existing gospel songs from online gospel radio stations such as Praiseworld Radio, Gospotainment, Selah Afrique, just to mention a few. Also Intentionally listening to other Christmas songs can also tune us into a Christmas season, Feliz Navidad for example is one song that has a way of bringing joy no matter how often it is sang.
Going to the cinemas, travelling, playing games are temporary ways to make us happy. But what sustains happiness, when these activities are over is ‘joy’ and this can only be found in Christ.
I Wish You A Truly Merry Christmas.