The Christmas season is quickly approaching. This time of year is filled with emotions while people look for the perfect gifts, sing endless Christmas songs, and work on creating the perfect Christmas for their family.
Some of you may be dealing with these emotions today. The truth is that if we are not careful, we can allow emotions to lead us astray, especially during Christmas.
Anytime emotions are involved, things can get complicated. All of a sudden, the magic of Christmas doesn’t line up with what we feel. Living by emotions potentially leads us to do things that we will regret. In fact, if we look at the first Christmas you see that emotions almost ruined the first Christmas. Joseph was to be married to Mary when he finds out that she is with child. Can you imagine the emotion wrapped up in that situation? He would be humiliated in front of the whole community… this was a big deal.
However, not wanting her to look bad, Joseph didn't make a scene out of leaving her. That’s when the angel enters the scene and informs Joseph that he was to name the child Jesus who would save the world from their sins. The rest of the story is history. Joseph was able to listen to the angel and not leave because he realized that his feelings didn’t limit God or his faith. He didn’t let his feelings change the fact that a Savior was about to be born.
Just like that first Christmas, God is doing something bigger than what you feel. A Savior wants to arrive in the middle of your crazy and high-emotion life this Christmas. When emotions rise, you can find forgiveness, peace, and comfort in Jesus. Don’t let emotions get in the way this Christmas. The only thing that trumps emotion is God.
Eric Young is Senior Pastor at Life Church in Shreveport.