Joy lies beyond self-awareness

God made the first human
From the dust of the ground.
When we feel ground
Into accepting our humility
By the grind of daily life,
We’re on good ground
To experience the blessings
Of being “poor in spirit.”

The light of Christ shinning in my heart is so gloriously beautiful, He holds my attention throughout the day. When I surrender to God as humbly as the dust that He made me from, the wind of His Spirit can blow my life to align with His will.

In this world full of amazing things to think about and to do, there’s no need to stay stuck on self-focus. The more I get away from self-awareness the happier I am. When I let Christ-awareness override self-awareness the joy of the Lord overflows from within me. Joy is more than a selfie!

Being a Christ-follower isn’t about getting what you want. It’s about laying down what you want so you can be closer to Jesus. It’s about continually aligning your thoughts, desires, feelings, and behaviors with the risen Jesus. It’s not about religious affiliation.

To be unaligned with God is to be out of sync with happiness. Perhaps the unfulfilled places in your heart need the ever-living Jesus.

The many daily choices
That you make
Steer your life
And determine
The direction you take.

Photo by Bekka Mongeau on

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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