“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!'” ~ Luke 1:41
When reading Scripture, it’s interesting to notice the different ways grown ups and children responded to Jesus. The grown ups were usually cautious. They had questions for Jesus. Even if they had faith, they had something they wanted Jesus to do for him. Heal me, or visit this family member of mine. Nothing wrong with any of that. But children always ran up to him with unbridled excitement. I think we could borrow a few plays from these kids.
If we’re really looking for a model of joy in the Bible, we need to look no further than John the Baptist. When he saw Jesus for the first time as an adult, he said “Look! There is the Lamb of God.” More incredibly, when he was still in the womb, he literally leapt for joy when he realized unborn baby Jesus was near.
We should have that same kind of joy at Christmastime. If you’re looking for an example, watch the faces of kids when you’re looking at Christmas lights or when they open Christmas presents. Their faces literally light up with wonder, an overflow of the joy they have in their hearts.
Don’t force it, though. You don’t want to be that old dude who tries a little too hard to be cool with his ’80’s moves on the dance floor. Just ask God to restore in you that sense of childlike wonder that makes you leap for joy when you realize that Jesus is in the room.
Then you will realize the secret to always being joyful, because when you look at the world through the lens of faith, you realize that Jesus is always in the room.