Lighten The Mood

After a Christmas pageant, a father asked his 6-year-old son if he remembered the gifts that the Magi brought to Jesus. He thought for a minute then said “gold, frankincense, and humour”. Finally, something we can all use!

The Christmas season can be stressful. In our attempts to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, we can over go overboard in trying to make everything just so. Getting buried underneath a long to-do list is a sure-fire way to rob ourselves of the joy that should come as we remember Jesus’ birth.

Jesus was fully God and fully man. He experienced the full range of emotions, including enjoying a good laugh. I am sure that as he travelled around Israel with the disciples, they shared many funny moments together. It might not be recorded in Scripture, but it was part of his life.

So take some time to laugh this month. If the cookie recipe doesn’t turn out right, it’s not the end of the world. Sometimes, presents don’t make it through the mail until after Christmas – that’s okay. The weather might change your holiday plans, but it shouldn’t change your mood. Find the lighter side in things and enjoy.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:20) Make sure you take time to listen to that cheerful heart, but if you can’t, then maybe you could ask Jesus for some of that ‘humour’ he got from the Magi.