If you are at all in the same position that I am, December has barely even started and you’re already exhausted. Society has had us celebrating and preparing for what seems to be the biggest holiday of the year (for very good reason) for months already. Stores have had Christmas décor all over their shelves starting in October, before Halloween has even ended.
It’s safe to say Christmas has been on the mind for quite a while now; however, we cannot forget what it is all about despite the holiday chaos that comes with it.
I have worked in retail and end every day on the job exhausted and sometimes get caught up in the hustle and bustle and business of life. Maybe like you, I sometimes have to make myself sit down and reflect on my life, what I have to be thankful for and the true reason for the season.
Proverbs 17:22 tells us that “A merry heart does good like medicine.”
Depending on where you are in your life right now, a merry heart may be the last thing you contain. If you’ve had a hard year, the holidays bring challenging times of the reminders of a loss of a loved one, adapting to change in family dynamics and people, or the financial strain the season sometimes brings.
Choosing to be happy and letting your heart reflect happiness may not be what’s on everyone’s mind right now. Just because I have plenty to be thankful for, doesn’t mean everyone else’s life hasn’t put them through some hardships this year.
Keep Believing Ministries explains this Proverbs verse a bit more by saying “A merry heart is important because God is saying to us, “My children, some times you will face things that you can’t understand. Sometimes you are going to face heartache and pain and difficulty that goes far beyond anything you thought you could endure. Sometimes you will be in the waiting room of life for weeks and months and years, but I want you to know that even there I am with you and am working out my plan in your life.”’
This is incredibly reassuring to me as I sit back and realize that everything truly is in God’s hands. I can rest a little easier and relieve my stress onto Him in trusting faith that all is well when He is in charge.
Realizing this and choosing to be happy, letting your heart rejoice in the glory that is God, the reason for the season, and appreciating everything you have helps heal not only your own spirit during this busy and sometimes chaotic time of the year, but also the spirit of others around you.
As the holiday season comes about this month, remember to reflect a merry heart, not just for yourself but for others around you. Everyone has their own story and we can never know everyone’s current hardships, so be a light that shines God’s love throughout this month and always remember to Live Scripture Strong.
Content Credit: https://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/1994-11-13-cheerfulness-the-healing-power-of-a-merry-heart/