Joy in the face of Fear:
Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith that comes from the gospel, not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for them, but of your deliverance—and this is from God. For it has been given to you on Christ’s behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him, having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I have.
-Philippians 1: 27-30
This Holiday season may not look like years past. Our current world has changed so quickly and has left many families separated by death, politics, and fear.
Fear has become an emotional go-to in our news, politics, and day-to-day decision-making. Fear is what our enemy uses to divide, hurt, and birth chaos. But even in fear, we can find joy.
Finding the Joy in the Face of Fear
As Christians, we must understand that our happiness, our joy, does not come from the things of the earth. Instead, we find our fulfillment, peace, and joy in the presence of our creator.
What is even better is that God presents us with opportunities to share our joy with others, especially in times of turmoil and great fear.
Whether our loved ones are sitting around the table with us, or chatting through Zoom, this season is a time for us to remember the truth of who Jesus Christ is and share His message of love and forgiveness to those in need.
The souls we love the most may be the hardest to reach with the gospel. We must foster a relationship with them as best we can in the times we find ourselves. By initiating phone calls that don’t focus on politics, or vaccination status but instead ask about their well being, mental state, and remind them that no matter what they are loved.
It is in those moments that trust is built. On that foundation you will be able to open up about your faith and why the fear that has stabbed the world does not penetrate your heart a deeply as others.
You will be able to share the love of an almighty God, that He is a refuge, a healer, and a safe place for His people. We live in a world hungry for such love and kindness. Thirsty for the joy found only in the presence of the Lord.
Let this season be an opportunity for you to share joy with those around us who desperately need it.
Lord, you know my heart and how easily I get frustrated with the people I will see this Holiday Season. Lord help me be slow to anger, and instead, be quick to listen. Help me see them as you do, love them as you love me. Lord, guard my tongue and let my words be like honey medicine for the hurting soul. Please, Father God, help me be a light to these people and let my words and actions glorify your name. In Jesus’ powerful name I pray. Amen.