Scripture:

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  

Observation:

One of my favorite quotes comes from the former president, Theodore Roosevelt.  It states, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It can be a huge temptation to look around your neighborhood, scroll through Instagram feeds or hear the stories of friends and compare your life to theirs.  The neighbors carefully outline their home and trees with beautiful festive lighting, your coworker has the opportunity to take their kids to Disney World over the holiday break, and friends are posting their footie pajama pictures while drinking hot cocoa by the fireplace with perfectly styled hair and smiles.  When reality is the Christmas lights are tangled, your hair is a hot mess, your jammies have holes in the knees and destination travel is definitely not on the radar. These things are not the true essence of Christmas. If we find ourselves trapped in the space of comparison, our perspective can become more about scarcity rather than abundance.  We become derailed by grandiose expectations and suddenly we are dissatisfied. The joy of the season is nowhere to be found.

Christmas is about a loving God sending the Savior to the world.  This is the message. This is the message of joy. When we trust God, and know that He is working on our behalf, this is the place where we find peace, a renewed sense of hope and overflow in his Spirit.  Enjoy your Christmas and celebrate the season in a way which is most meaningful to you; but do now allow comparison to the thief of your joy.

Prayer:

Father God, I ask that you help me to fix my eyes upon you.  Help me to find contentment and joy in the authenticity of my life.  You are the source of my peace and I place my hope in you. Amen.