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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Joy of the Lord is Contagious!

                        Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  The more you “taste” the joy of the Lord, the more you will want it! It’s a contagious desire!

            Do you have a contagious faith, a contagious excitement, a contagious joy? When people watch your example…whether it’s a friend or colleague, a child or an adult, a family member or simply an acquaintance, you need to remember that YOU make a difference in someone’s life! 

            To be a positive, joyfully contagious example, we all need look into the Word of God. The Bible provides us with a wealth of guidance in the form of Godly principles.

            For example: Paul tells us in 1 Thess. 5:16-18 to: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  Joy! Gratitude! Prayer! Those three are always linked! (Lydia Brownback, page 82 in JOY, A Godly Woman’s Adornment.)  Joy springs from a heart of gratitude and prayer.

            The opposite is also true; pessimism and grumbling are linked to depression.  We can choose to see our glass half-empty and complain about our lives….and the price we pay is our joy and peace. On the other hand, we can choose to rejoice and give thanks no matter what. When we do this we are saying, “Not my will, God, but yours be done.”  We’ll find our glass not just half full, but overflowing with JOY in the Lord!

           Let’s fill our Joy Juice glass as full as possible today by following the contagious example of Jesus!

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