Jan 6, 2018
Joy and sorrow are parallel tracks in our lives. Joy isn't about our circumstances. When we put our happiness in anything temporary, we will be disappointed. Joy is a choice and it's harder for some than others.
by Kay Warren
Some call it peppy, others call it obnoxious. Joy comes more naturally to some than others. Can you name 10 people who live a joy-filled life?
"The settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things."
Joy is ABOUT God, confidence IN God and determined by the CHOICE to praise God.
Joy only comes from the Lord whereas happiness bounces like a pinball depending on circumstances. But what happens when the bottom falls out? That's when the world is watching to see if we really believe what we say we believe. There is no joy apart from Christ. With sorrow we can find true joy. If being a Christian doesn't make a difference in our lives, our faith is dead. Surrendering to suffering helps us find joy in sorrow.
The key is fixing your eyes on what matters for eternity. Instead of wearing pain as your identity, wear joy. Take your thoughts captive because what you think determines how you feel and how you feel determines how you act. Let your thirst drive you to the true source of satisfaction because joy begins with truth. Don't fall for the joy killers. Worry ends when you realize it's ok, even when it's not ok.
Isaiah 45:3, "I will give you the treasures of darkness..."