“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”(Proverbs 17:22)
Isn’t it strange—one person says Christmas is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, while many others can’t wait until it’s over? I am amazed that so many people fuss and complain about petty little issues associated with Christmas, when they should be rejoicing that Christ has come. If you’re one of those who are irritated by the “Christmas rush” maybe the following story will help you see things from a better perspective:
One Christmas Eve, as late Christmas shoppers hurried along the street, a crippled newsboy stood on his crutches offering his papers to the passersby. He looked happy, and his crutches were decorated with evergreens.
One man greeted him with a cheerful smile, “My boy, you surely have the Christmas spirit.”
The boy replied “What’s the use of putting on a sour face? Sure, I am poor and lame, but that’s no reason for looking glum. I won’t get presents like other boys at Christmas, but I can have fun, too. So I decorated my crutches just to make them seem special for Christmas.”
If we go out to seek joy, it will elude us. If we go out to impart joy, we will find it. This Christmas, whether you have little or much, it makes no difference. It is your attitude that counts. As Christians we are duty bound to rejoice in Christ, regardless of the circumstances, so let us use this occasion to exalt His glorious name. Because of Him, every day can be the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.