It’s nearing the end of August, so obviously I am thinking about Christmas movies.
Okay, okay…I might decorate at the beginning of November, but that’s only to stretch out the celebration of the birth of Christ.
And shouldn’t we really do that all year?
I saw a verse today which reminded me of a particular Christmas movie.
In the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street, when Santa was on trial, the defense attorney asked a child witness if a certain man could possibly be Santa.
The man he was referring to was the prosecuting attorney.
Everyone laughed, but the man really did have a grumpy face because his heart was also that way.
Like a Diet Coke bottle that hits the floor, what spews out when you shake us up?
One of the most convicting verses for me is from James, with all of chapter 3 addressing what we speak.
Trying to play the Glad Game helps me to stay accountable with what I’m storing in my heart, so that I don’t walk around with a grumpy face.
Just look at these delightful “Before and After” photos of the Glad Game program from the movie, Pollyanna.
I’ve been in both places, and like the maid, Angie, we both desperately needed a Glad Game membership.
The Glad Game.
It’s not about “happy, happy, joy, joy.”
It’s about Love.
Love changed these fictional movie characters, their speech, their outward expressions to others and their own inner peace.
Just imagine what God’s love* can do for real people!
*not to be confused with Hallmark, Netflix or Hollywood Love 💗
How do you find it?
- Stay in God’s Word. If you want peace that is indescribable (surpasses knowledge), then you will have to turn off the tv. Put down the devices and get alone with the Lord.
- Surround yourself with other followers of Christ who are walking the same path as you.
- My personal suggestions? Get Christian audiobooks or praise music and fill your mind with the things of God.
Your heart overflow and your face will begin to change if you invest in your spiritual life. Trust me, they did a study on this. I had to stay extra I was so bad.
Lord, thank You for changing us, even through extreme refinement, so we can be more of a reflection of Your Son…to lead others to You, their Heavenly Father.