His the Season to be Jolly
- Kris Swiatocho The Singles Network Ministries
- 2013 10 Dec
Isn't this the season that we are supposed to be jolly? Happy? Joyful? Isn't this the time of the year when we get to eat 'til we explode, shop 'til we drop, trade stupid gifts, watch tons of football and old movies…"every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings"? Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays but sometimes I would love to just skip over them. Skip the long times, the stress of cleaning my house from top to bottom, decorating, cooking, spending way too much money, stomachaches and arguments.
Recently, I was sharing with some friends about how crazy the holidays get with my family. The house gets destroyed, luggage and iPods are everywhere, leftovers for miles, trashcan overflowing, shopping madness, and more. I guess I sounded more like I was venting vs. sharing when one of my friends quickly spoke up and said, "Kris, I would trade just one day of your chaotic holiday season for one day of mine because I have nothing. All my family has passed. I have no one to spend the holidays with. You are blessed and you don't know it." Wow, was she ever right. I was so focused on getting through this season that I forgot the value of it. I forgot that God has us all in seasons for his purpose.
Now, I know for some it's a very tough time of year filled with sadness and loneliness. From not having your kids this year, to a failed marriage/relationship, to remembering a passed love one, to being broke, to not feeling well. But even in these times, these situations, God does want us to be jolly. So how can you be jolly when you are stressed, hurt, or broken? You can be jolly by being thankful.
1. All seasons come from God.
"Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years" (Genesis 1:14 NKJV)
2. God uses the seasons of life (circumstances, health, finance, and even singleness) for his purpose.
"But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth" (Exodus 9:16 NKJV).
3. God uses these seasons to change, grow, prune and transform us.
"Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
'Til He comes and rains righteousness on you" (Hosea 10:12 NKJV).
4. We don't always see what God is doing through these seasons; we often become impatient and angry. We are tempted to quit, pleading with God to take it away or we will run away.
"And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding" (Daniel 2:21 NKJV).
5. Even when we are angry, even when we don’t understand the season we are in, God says we are to be thankful. Out of thankfulness God will give us the ability to be joyful because we will see our situation through his eyes, his perspective.
"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve
the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know
that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we
ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into
His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations" (Psalm 100 NKJV).
What Helps You Get Through the Season?
- It's a season, it will eventually change/end.
- Having friends and others who have gone through their own seasons and can be supportive.
- Remembering past seasons God has brought you through.
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Don't allow the enemy to distract you from what God is trying to show you through this Christmas season, as well as your own personal season. Ask God for clarity, for his peace, and for his strength. Allow the Lord to change you for his purpose. You might just be surprised at what comes out of it all. Hey, I think I hear a bell ringing!
Kris Swiatocho is the President and Director of TheSinglesNetwork.org Ministries and FromHisHands.com Ministries. Kris has served in ministry in various capacities for the last 25 years. An accomplished trainer and mentor, Kris has a heart to reach and grow leaders so they will in turn reach and grow others. She is the author of three books: Singles and Relationships: A 31-Day Experiment (co-authored with Dick Purnell of Single Life Resources); From the Manger to the Cross: The Women in Jesus' Life; and the most recent, Jesus, Single Like Me with Study Questions (includes a leader's guide and conference/retreat of the same name).
TheSinglesNetwork.org Ministries helps churches, pastors and single adult leaders evaluate, develop and support their single adult ministries through high-energy speaking engagements, results-oriented consulting and training and leadership development conferences and seminars. Click here to request a FREE "How to Start a Single Adult Ministry" guide.
FromHisHands.com Ministries is Kris' speaking ministry. If you've ever heard her speak, you know that Kris is the kind of speaker who keeps the crowd captivated, shares great information and motivates people to make a difference in the lives of those around them! She speaks to all church audiences on everything from "first impression" ministry to women's topics to singles and young adults. She can speak on a Sunday morning, at a woman's retreat or for a single adults conference. Bring Kris to your church today!
Publication date: December 10, 2013