Friday Fill Up: Joy
May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I hear a lot of people justifying behavior or complaints with the desire to be happy. Well, of course, people want to have good feelings throughout their lives. But being happy is not having joy. Happy is based on what is happening. Joy is something that comes from God. It involves peace, patience, goodness, self-control, love. Joy is something that can not be taken away or change based on the circumstances.
Have you ever wondered how some people can smile or laugh during the midst of trial or tragedy? It's because they have joy. I was driving to work one day and heard the DJ tell a story of a couple that had been married for almost 80 years. She described how they believed their longevity was due to their practicing joy. I became curious about what they meant by practicing joy. Turns out, they say joy stands for Jesus, Others, Yourself. I loved this!
When we make Jesus our focus and putting the needs before ourselves, we become full. Joy creates a fullness that food or any indulgence cannot replace. It dims happiness and illuminates something much greater. Joy is a smile during a sad situation. Joy is laughter when there should be tears. Joy is what you feel when you KNOW you are walking in and on purpose.
Are there things in your life that are stealing or taking your joy? What ways are you going to increase your joy?
Spend time putting Jesus first. What can you do to put others before yourself today?
Heavenly Father, I love and need you. I need more of your joy in my life. Lord, help me to put your Son Jesus first in my life. Help me to see how I can help other people before I attend to my needs and wants. You are amazing and can do amazing things. I honor you for the joy you have gifted me,
In Jesus Name,