Too often we let the weeds of life overrun and destroy our joy, gladness, and delight. An unhappy heart needs weeding. Joy is contagious, but you can’t catch it from unhappy people or from people who mask their heart. Life offers plenty of alternatives to joy, but why would you want one?
Too many human hearts are like fire hydrants. They are designed by God to overflow with joy, but plugged up tight. Pride sometimes has a difficult time being joyful, because joy can look so undignified (but it sure is fun). If you are a joy to others, even when you don’t feel like it, you’ll soon encounter fresh joy in your own heart.
It’s a joy to be around — simply to be alive, to exist, and to get around. If you don’t choose to be joyful, but instead wait for joy to just happen to you, you probably wont be joyful very often. Ongoing joy requires mental toughness — the refusal to allow negative thoughts and attitudes to steal your joyfulness.
Joy is a universal human language. When you see it, it needs no translation. If someone is continually unhappy, perhaps you don’t want to follow him, because he’s not going to lead you to joy.
The more you magnify your focus on good things in your life and minimize your focus on bad things, the greater your joy will be. Since joy is an internal experience of the heart that flows into daily life, if the heart is shut down, joy is deleted from life.
Joy involves learning to respond to words and events with inner peace, trust, and hope, instead of with anger, worry, fear, or panic. Too often we passively wait for life to give us joy, instead of learning to cultivate the inner joy of living. Joy flows from inside us, when we vividly recognize and deeply appreciate how fortunate we are to be alive.
Joy is an undaunted sense of well being, hope, and appreciation, even during difficult circumstances, produced by trust in God. As a noun, joy is an emotion; as a verb, it’s something that you do. Joy in the beauty you see around you today.
The more you’re aware of, focused on, and grateful for the positive things in your life, the greater your joy. Joy is much more than mere distraction from your problems. It’s blissful focus on and delightful infatuation with beauty and goodness.
Joy is much deeper than superficial pleasure. It’s the overflow of an untroubled, grateful, and delighted heart. When the heart isn’t weighed down by worries, fears, or other anxieties and troubling thoughts, joy flows from it naturally.
Joy wasn’t intended to be an occasional occurrence but an ongoing inner flow. The Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord, always.” Perhaps a better name for “a leap of faith” in obedience to the Holy Spirit, would be “a joy jump.”
This gives me joy: Connecting with people heart-to-heart; Creative writing; Worshipping the living Jesus; Praying in tongues.
Joy is alignment with Christ. The more we submit to the risen Jesus, the greater our joy:
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