Share the Joy
“Happiness is not dependent on happenings, but on relationships in the happenings.” (Corrie Ten Boom”)
When you are looking for happiness or you want to spread some happiness, it’s pretty hard to find it or share it by yourself. Even the most skillful, independent, or liberated people have a desire to share life’s experiences with others. Think about it! There are all kinds of moments we want to celebrate, or accomplishments that we want to share with others in a spirit of joy and festivity. Joy is a state of being that enters your heart when you are open to giving happiness to others and receiving it from them too; it can’t enter a closed, protected heart! We are created for community and to connect with others to share our joys, goings-on, and experiences. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and we all have the same needs for communion and partnership. God wants us to accept and share with each other no matter where we are in life, with love, patience, kindness, and joy.
Spread the Joy
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24)
True joy comes only when we are focused on walking with the Lord and cherishing others. Our joy is contagious, and I think that we would all agree that the more joy we spread around, the more joy that will come back to us at the end of the day! When we are around someone who is cheerful, upbeat, and enthusiastic, we automatically catch the mood, and as a result we feel good too. There are times when we all need encouragement, and encouraging others on a daily basis inspires us too. There are days when God will send us a special person to build us up in faith and lift our spirits, and likewise there are days that He may send us someone to encourage and enrich. Our joy serves as a witness to others of the promises and love of God, and we should demonstrate and uplift others with the joy that Christ has given us.
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
Joy focuses all of its attention on positive and good things, and is the reward for the life that God desires for us; this indescribable joy can easily be observed (and shared) by others!
Linking up on Spiritual Sunday and with Joan to "Share His Beauty"!