Daily Reflections

Spread Some Joy

December 2, 2023 Kimberly Wagner

We are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. —2 Corinthians 2:15 ESV

While “Joy to the World” blasted overhead, I observed grumbling store clerks, worn-out children, couples arguing, and pushy shoppers. Any joy was lost in the Christmas crush. Out of desperation to bring Christ into the picture, I’ve started my own shopping tradition.

While crossing the parking lot, I pray for those I’ll encounter. I ask God to give me opportunity to bless them and for the fragrance of Christ to be obvious to others (2 Cor. 2:14–16). As I shop, I try to:

• Look people in the eye and smile.
• Watch for ways to counter a cold atmosphere with warmth.
• Kindly offer help to the elderly or handi- capped if they appear to need assistance.
• Smile and thank those who offer or give assistance to me.

As you enter stores this Christmas season, make it your mission to spread some joy to your world. You may be surprised at the opportunities God brings your way!


Joy to the World!” (ReviveOurHearts.com/blog)

Scripture taken from The ESV

Make it Personal

What are some practical ways you could spread some joy to those you encounter this Christmas?