As we approach Christmas, I want to invite you to join my family as we refocus our hearts and minds on true JOY during the season (and always).
I'm talking a lot with my children about the difference between the dictionary's definition of joy (a feeling of great pleasure and happiness), which is based on our emotions, and Biblical joy, which I think John Piper defines best: a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.
Worldly joy is rooted in our flesh, and it's fickle. It's rooted in our circumstances and is fleeting.
Biblical joy is rooted in our souls, in the Holy Spirit, and is centered around the beauty of Christ, which never changes. It's constant, and it remains in SPITE of our circumstances.
I want my children to experience true JOY this Christmas season (and always), and I want it to be simple for them to grasp and remember.
I'm reminding them that JOY is this:
I created this printable page and will have it front and center on our refrigerator this Christmas season. Please use it, print it, and pass it along to friends, and let's change the tone in our homes and in our families as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! You can drag/drop to your desktop if you're on a computer, or press/save to your smart phone.