I have a problem with having joy in the shallow waters. When things are not so easy we can tell our self that there is a purpose for this, but what about the things that do not matter?
Typically around this time of year I definitely struggle with this. Is Christmas really meaningful anymore? It’s difficult for me to find the joy around the holidays with all of the massive amount of presents being bought, not to mention the going after items that are so over priced anyways. How can I find joy in this when I know that there are children in Africa who have only a fraction of what we have, and all our society wants is more.
My rest and JOY is in HIM, but I must admit the distractions of the holidays and all the “stuff” can truly lead me to take my eyes off of HIM. I guess it’s because I am human. I guess it’s because I am made of flesh. I need to guard my heart, and remain focused on HIM through all of this. It’s certainly not easy to do, but it’s necessary…The meaningless and shallow doesn’t steal my joy, but my wandering heart does.
You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. Psalm 4:7