I'll cut right to the chase. What in your life brings you joy?

If I were to ask you this question, I might expect these typical responses; family, a wonderful vacation, a comfortable bank account, a delicious meal. Or perhaps it's a new car in the driveway or a walk in the park with songbirds flitting about. Maybe it's a fresh cup of coffee in the morning and a fiery orange sunrise to welcome a new day.

Whatever joy is to you, I'd like to encourage you this Christmas season to seek out joy that is not temporal like many of the worldly things we try to find joy in. The joy I'm speaking of will satisfy your heart and soul like no other. This joy has no end and will not fade in time. This joy comes in the form of a tiny baby in a manger! A savior born unto us whose joy is eternal! How do I know this? Because God says so, "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his son." (1 John 5:11 NIV)

There is no greater joy this side of heaven than the bliss that comes from placing your life, your heart and your trust in baby Jesus, God's only begotten son, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." (Luke 2 10:11 NIV)

This kind of joy is limitless. It's not tied to possessions or to money. It's not linked to our social status or the number of followers we have. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not downplaying the joy God provides in this life through creation and all that exists within. Life without joyful moments is no life at all. We need to find joy to counter all the trials we face from day to day.

This Christmas, take a moment to step away from all the worldly clutter that over shadows the real reason for the season. As we celebrate Jesus' birth in Bethlehem and tap into that never-ending source of joy, the bonus for us is receiving God's free gift of eternal life through our Lord and Savior!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16 NIV)

This is God's Christmas gift to us, and that my friend is a joy that has no boundary.

If you haven't already asked Jesus into your heart, to forgive your sins and guide your life, to wash you whiter than snow as you trust him as your Savior, please take that step this Christmas. You can answer the Savior's call by clicking here. Don't put it off any longer! I can't guarantee your life will suddenly become a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow; but I can promise you that joy will infiltrate your heart as you turn your life over to a Baby in a manger.

Joy is in life are a blessing. Eternal joy through Jesus is priceless.

Paul Smyth