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Sunday, July 1, 2012


     ~Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!”~

     So many times in both the Old and New Testaments, God’s people are commanded to rejoice in the Lord. Practically, this seems like a hard command. How on earth, while we are wading through our everyday ups and downs, can we rejoice at all times? But considering who we are and what has been done for us, how can we NOT rejoice? God has forgiven us, given us hope, taken away our guilt and given us purpose! To rejoice always does not mean that we have a happy face all the time and that everything rolls off our backs. It does not mean that we only cry happy tears. It does not mean that we are singing and dancing at all times. It does not mean that we are required to paste happy plastic smiles on our faces when life is not playing along or we are failed Christians. Joy of the Lord is something deeper—it is the song that springs from our hearts when we are happy. It is the strength we find when we have nothing left. It is the peace that gives us hope for a positive future when life just stinks. The emotions we have do not affect our joy; we can be crying our eyes out and feeling like our hearts are breaking, but our joy does not disappear.

     There is, however, a difference between having joy and acting on it. We can’t just let our joy sit, unseen, at the bottom of our hearts’ reservoir. We must REJOICE! We must let our joy show for all the world to see! This is part of our witness. Our joy should be visible for the unsaved to see and thirst for. Nobody wants to be like a sourpuss. If religion turns your personality into a wrinkled-up raisin, than it is just that—religion. Religion, not a living, active relationship with the God of the Universe. People can tell the difference!
     Joy is something that I have been thinking about. I think that sometimes I do not do a very good job of showing my joy. I am not a very effervescent person, and I tend to be extremely serious most of the time. I have been learning to lighten up; however, I have also found that unless I watch myself, my default expression is one of absolute crabbiness! I sometimes listen in amazement to what comes out of my mouth—often, even when I am thinking positively, I say one negative thing after another. Time to be more intentional about reflecting my inward joy? I think so! A wise man I know once said, “I’m not going to walk through life looking like I was baptized in pickle juice… keep the smiling, keep the joy… It gets the joy back when you stop focusing on trivial stuff.”

     It’s time, Christians, to stop focusing on the trivial stuff. It’s time to focus on the eternal stuff. Who cares if I get less than a 95 on my Ethics test? Who cares if I drop a clean fork now and then while I’m working in the cafeteria? Who cares if say something stupid to someone I just met? These things won’t matter in two weeks, so I shouldn’t let them steal my joy now. The important thing—what I should be focusing on—is that God has big plans for me. He has a beautiful life for me, and He has an even more beautiful eternity for me. He has a beautiful eternity for YOU. Rejoice! Are you ready to let your joy shine?

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  1. I am a regular reader of your blog and happen to know you in "real life" as well. I love what you wrote about joy, but I have to say, I really can't agree with all of it. More specifically the part about you appearing to be crabby if you are not intentionally focusing on being joyful. You actually are a very joyful person. You are joyful to be around and you share that joy with others who can't help but be joyful just being around you. You sell yourself short if you think you come off as a sourpus. Everyone has a bad day now and then, but most days you are a very pleasant person, exuding the joy of the Lord.

  2. I am indeed ready to let my Joy shine because of the one who ignited my light by dying on the cross and choosing to do so for me. The trouble I find is in keeping that light kindled and bright. I guess that is why in 2 Timothy 1:6 we are reminded to, "kindle afresh the gift of God which is in us.." For myself, I am learning that means continually running to God by talking with Him throughout the day (about anything) and The Word so that way I can be so close to Him that I begin to see as He does and keep that flame bright. The more I see like Him, the more I see how I can have joy.

    I know I'm not a maiden, lol :) , but I did enjoy your thoughts and insight. It was very good. Continue to have that joy my sister in Christ and keep Christ at the center of your life. See you at school next semester. God Bless