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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Glass-Full of JOY!

Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Do we always set a positive, joyful example!?

            Yikes!  When we realize that we are a role model for someone, we have to stop and examine our words and our actions.   People are watching…Whether it’s a friend or colleague, a child or an adult, a family member or simply an acquaintance….YOU make a difference in someone’s life! 

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

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

            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 our hearts 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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