Have you had your Joy Juice today? Watch out for “blind spots” that keep you from finding true joy.
When driving, we have a windshield, windows and a rear-view mirror to help us see what’s around us and keep us from crashing into other vehicles. The rear-view mirror is great…and very helpful; but we can’t rely on it alone to be certain of what’s coming up behind us.
This is true when we are examining our words and our motives. Proverbs 16:2 puts it pretty bluntly:
“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.”
This truth reminds us that we can be self-deceived. Are our motives always pure? Or do we have a selfish desire? Do we truly, compassionately want to help others, or are we wanting praise & recognition for our words and actions?
Each of us has blind spots; we should frequently examine our motives. God will help, if we ask Him. As we open our hearts transparently before God, He will reveal to us when and what we should say that will build others up, rather than tear them down. He will fill our mouths with edification instead of devastation. Words of joy will replace phrases of criticism.
Stop, look and listen! Examine those motives and remember that blind spots can be transformed into joy-blessings!