One of my favorite things I look forward to on Christmas morning is the excitement that my dog gets when it comes to opening presents. Yes, you read that right, my dog opens Christmas presents, and if you’ve never seen a dog do so, you are missing out!
He absolutely freaks out. The anticipation is real. He runs around in circles, runs from person-to-person, and basically jumps on each of us. It’s quite entertaining to watch, and also so sweet to observe.
No matter the year, he is always just as excited.
No matter the gift, he still expresses the same amount of excitement.
When I think about the story of Jesus, I try to imagine if I got half as excited as my little pup does.
Although it might be a silly comparison, it is one that resonates with me.
What if my joy for the Lord was more consistent?
What if I remained excited, no matter the life circumstances that surround me.
What if I ran from person-to-person, telling of God’s sweet love?
It sounds strange to want to exemplify the characteristics of a dog, but my prayer during this season and every season should be just that.
That I would never grow comfortable with the story of Jesus.
That I would never stop wanting to tell others of His great and saving love.
That I would look at obstacles in life as simply circumstances, never allowing them to steal my joy.
This morning take time to bring yourself to a place of gratitude. Instead of dwelling on possible negatives that might occur throughout the day, focus on the various things you have to be both grateful and excited for.
Today I am excited that I get to share these 25 days of Christmas with each of you. Today’s prompt is to list three things that you are grateful for. Feel free to share with friends or on social media, and to tag us so we can see!
With you always,
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TODAY’S PROMPT —
This morning, I want you to think about 3 things that you are grateful right now. Meditate on them when you feel yourself moving away from a spirit of gratitude throughout the day.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING —
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9