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Got Joy?

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Do you ever let the little things get to you? Things like the cloudy weather, the sink full of dirty dishes, or the massive pile of dirty laundry that needs washing…

Do you ever wonder about those people SO full of Joy? Wonder how in the midst of this crazy chaotic life they have that much joy?

Do you ever feel guilty that you don’t seem to have that joy or do you feel that you have somehow lost that joy? Maybe, it’s buried somewhere between the pile of socks that need folding and that list of never-ending chores.

So, let me ask you one more question. How are we to find the missing piece of joy?

Realize the gift that we have been given

I think the first step to regaining this missing joy is to realize the gift that we have been given. In reality, each day is a brand new chance to serve God better. His grace and mercy are renewed each day (Lamentations 3:22-23). We need to keep our eyes open for all of the little ways that God shows up and moves in our lives. Remember, He’s not just in the big things like we would expect (1 Kings 19:12).

“…I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
~John 10:10b

This life that we are living was not easily bought. It came at a high price. The cost of God’s one and only Son (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Realize that life is temporary

Sometimes amid the everyday things that need done each day we forget the simple truth that there’s SO much more to this life that we are living. Someday this life we know will end and eternity will begin. The only thing that ever lasts is the Word of God.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
~Isaiah 40:8

Remember that we work for more

These little tasks that we do day in and day out mean a whole lot more than we often think. Everything that we do is done to bring glory to God. (Matthew 5:13-16). We work for a higher purpose.

Joy is a choice. It is something that we choose to have each day. We choose to focus on the negative or those things which “are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).

Until next time,

Bailey Sue