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Finding Joy

06 Jan

Finding joy is something each of us truly wants on a constant basis. None of us wishes to be sad or depressed. No one looks forward to despair and dreariness. We all want to be happy, to be positive, but sometimes true happiness can seem hard to find.

The reason many of us miss out on joy is simply because we are too focused on ourselves. Our personal lives will not always go the way we want. There may be times of poverty, of sickness, of loneliness, of confusion, of tragedy, of disaster. In those times, we can’t seem to find joy because we are looking for it only in our own lives.

But there is joy to be found. God is always blessing His people continually, and while you may not be having a good day, one of your brothers or sisters in Christ probably is. If you can get “caught up” in their happiness, you also will be happy. When you do this, you can be blessed from someone else’s blessing.

You see, we are all one in Christ Jesus. Those in Christ are all adopted children of God, and that makes us all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Therefore, when one is blessed, all are blessed.

As such, you can always find joy. If your own life seems like a raincloud, just open your eyes and look around at your family. You’ll see a mother holding her newborn child. Maybe a couple is soon getting married. Perhaps a spiritual sibling finally lands the job they always wanted. God is always blessing His people, and if you take a look around, you can see it everywhere. Once you accept that any Christian’s blessing is also your own blessing, you will discover you cannot handle the number of blessings that God is working in our lives.

The enemy, of course, has his own weapon against this, and it is jealousy. We know jealousy is wickedness, for love is never jealous. If you are jealous of your brother or sister’s happiness, then you do not love them. We are to rejoice with one another’s good fortune, not be envious or covetous of it.

The truth is God is always good to us, and He is always working on our behalf, but we cannot always see it. Much as a beautiful cathedral looks shabby when in construction or repair, our own lives can sometimes be in “renovation”. The cathedral is covered in plastic and dust, cluttered with tools and scaffolding, and filled with the noise of work. God promises us all that the finished product will be marvelous, but while it’s under repair and construction, it can look like a mess. When life is like this, look at the other cathedrals (and by this I mean the lives of other Christians), and see what marvelous work the Lord has done there, knowing that our God is faithful, and what He has done for them He will do for you also.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
– Philippians 4:8

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