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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Open Door to Joy

Have you had your Joy Juice today? Let’s determine to find the door to joy!

Recently I read a book by my husband’s favorite author, John Ortberg entitled, All the Places to Go….not to be confused with Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Ortberg reminds us that there is always a door ahead. Life is series of choices…doors that we can decide to walk through or close tightly.  According to research, the average person makes about seventy conscious decisions every day….approximately 25,550 decisions a year! That’s a heap of choices, isn’t it?  Sometimes we make good decisions; sometimes we don’t! But the bottom line is that our life course is tied to those decisions.  See why we need Godly wisdom?  And we can’t have that without God!

John Ortberg says: “Open doors in the Bible never exist just for the sake of the people offered them. They involve opportunity, but it’s the opportunity to bless someone else.  An open door may be thrilling to me, but it doesn’t exist solely for my benefit.”

            It’s our human nature to be short-sighted and selfish when faced with an open door.  “What will this mean for me?” is a common question that we instinctively ask.  But if we look at a new opportunity through the lens of blessing others, our decisions may become much clearer. 
            When faced with an open door, let’s pray that God will show us how to move forward with joy by blessing others.

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