Awakening Joy

C.S. Lewis rated joy so highly that he said “Joy is the business of heaven”.

It’s an amazing statement.

What is joy?

(Dict) “Ecstasy, elation, pleasure, delight, bliss, enjoyment, “ – This is an amazing list of very happy words!

Jesus talked a lot about JOY – here’s two verses only.

John 15:11 “I have told you this so that my JOY may be in you and that your joy may be complete”

John 16:24 “Ask and you will receive, that your JOY will be full”

When you think about it, Jesus must have radiated  joy!  (Sometimes when I’m down on joy, I imagine his joyful (joy-filled) face, and gaze upon it – His infectious joy starts to fill me. Try it if you’ve never done it because it really works).

The place of joy in our destiny . . .

All of us want to know what God had in mind for our lives when He created us. How do we fit in to His purposes?

As we try to discern His plans, we shouldn’t underestimate the place of joy.

On one occasion Mother Teresa wondered what she should do with her life. An elderly mentor advised her “joy should be the compass with which you make all your life’s decisions”.  It’s such an amazing comment, it’s worth reading again!

“The place God calls you to is the place where you experience your greatest JOY”  (Frederick Beuchner)

Jesus didn’t seem to think joy was a luxury in life for some of us – He wants every one of our lives to overflow with JOY.

I believe that what we are called to do in life, is not going to drain us of life or be a misery. It’s going to give us GREAT JOY and fulfilment – even when there are challenges are involved.  

As a carrier of joy, we will release joy to others.

Sometimes a good question to ask is this: “Are the areas I’m serving in bringing give me joy and releasing joy to others?”

Let JOY be your compass. It won’t steer you wrong . . .

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Would you like to discover the dreams God has placed in your heart?  Our last workshop at Stairway Church Whitehorse for this year is on Saturday 2nd August. This is an exciting and empowering workshop for all ages designed to unlock the dreams and desires of your heart! Register at www.almondtreeministries.com.au 

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