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Friday, April 28, 2017

A Treasure of Joy

                Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Generously share some with others!

                We’ve talked a lot about choices this week….choosing to practice joy in the midst of trying circumstances, choosing to allow God to cleanse our heart, choosing an attitude like Jesus, choosing to make each day count for Him.

                Today let’s talk about choosing to be generous…and I’m not just talking about financially!  True generosity isn’t a function of income—it begins with the heart.  It’s about serving others and looking for ways to add value to them.  That’s the way to achieve significance in your life. (John Maxwell in  Making Today Count) Being generous with what God has blessed us with….leads to abundant joy!

            Matthew 6:21 tells us: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Where is your treasure?  Is it in your bank account, your material possessions, or is it in your relationship with God?  He tells us that we are to love Him with our whole heart and that we are to love OTHERS as ourselves! That means helping them, giving to them when they need help. 

           Andrew Carnegie was one of the wealthiest men in history. He earned most of his fortune in the steel industry but he didn’t keep his money for himself. Carnegie gave away most of it to establish many libraries, schools, and universities.  He is quoted to have said: “No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.” Remember that a selfish life is not a joyful life! 

                Choose to be generous and share the love of Christ and the joy of the Lord with others!

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