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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Take His Joy with You Wherever You Go

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  It shouldn’t be a burden, but instead a joyful pleasure.

            Some days it’s easy to “be joyful”!  When things are going smoothly; the family is healthy, no major problems are facing us….  When we have a little “me” time… Life is good!  But often we have days where we are consumed with the urgency of life: sick children; problems on the job; meetings and appointments; church obligations and civic duties.  There is little time for the “extras”.  What do we do about “the joy of the Lord” then?

            We bring it right along with us! God is not limited by a busy schedule.  2 Peter 3:8 says:
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

                So what does that mean for us in regard to finding time to “rejoice in the Lord”? Our faith is not on a timeclock.  We shouldn’t leave our faith on the nightstand or in a drawer or on a shelf.  Let’s take it with us everywhere we go.  And a part of that faith is the joy found in relationship with Jesus.  We are not always going to feel “strong”.  But that can be a good thing!  (According the footnote in my Life Application Study Bible.) : “When we are strong in our own abilities or resources, we are tempted to do God’s work on our own, and that can lead to pride. When we are weak, allowing God to fill us with his power, then we are stronger than we could ever be on our own.”

                Our faith, our commitment, our joy should never be a burden, but instead, a “lifter of our head and heart” knowing that God’s strength is always available.

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