Have you noticed how kids are always full of anticipation? They get excited about going outside, playing in the yard, taking a bath, going to school and more. At Christmas they generally don’t care so much about what they get as the anticipation of the gift itself – just watching a child open a gift is a wonder to behold. They anticipate Santa coming, grandparents visiting, and playing with cousins. Everything they do is covered by anticipation. Don’t believe me? Rake leaves with kids. Watch how they look with delight at the pile of leaves as they dive into it. As the saying goes, “Oh to be a kid again!”
Our adult lives are full of duties and plans. We really don’t have a lot of time to “waste”. We’re busy, busy, busy. Get things done. Move on. Hurry, rush, and keep our minds on our tasks. If we’re not careful we’ll find ourselves no longer enjoying life, but simply going through the motions. Perhaps you’re thinking, what is there to enjoy? What is there to look forward to? What is good about this life with all its problems, troubles and sorrows? How do I celebrate when there’s nothing about my life worth celebrating!
Oh beloved! It’s time to take a moment to remember - you are a child – you are His child if you have given your heart to Him. Just like Christmas, life itself is about the heart! Let Him give you a fresh look at everyday life. Let Him put the sparkle back in your eyes. Let Him become Everything for you! With Christ, every day should be anticipated for His Word, for His Spirit, for His incredible care. His desire is that you deck the halls of your heart with His Joy! Hang the tinsel of His Blessings! His Love and Peace is yours by birthright as a child of the King! No matter what your day looks like, no matter the sorrow in your world or the world around you, there is Strength for today and bright Hope for tomorrow. He loves you Extravagantly and He’s with you Eternally! What else really matters?
I John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too.
2 Peter 3:13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
2 Corinthians 6:10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
Nehemiah 8:10b … Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!”
2 Peter 2:2-3 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
Psalm 21:6 You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence.
John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”