While in church Sunday,
I looked up at the empty cross and tried to picture Jesus on it.
His body bleeding from the wounds on his hands, feet, head, and side.
Then an amazing thing happened...
a peace overcame me
and I smiled in joy as I realized,
Jesus wants me to walk in the Joy of knowing Him!
Have you ever stopped to consider this??
When we think about our place in the world,
and all the occasions to be serious;
focusing our energies on driving in our lane,
standing and waiting in a line,
calculating the cost of groceries,
cleaning up after someone else...
where is there time for our Joy?
When someone looks at us, would they know we have joy?
Most of us cannot stop long enough
to bother thinking about our last joyful experience
except perhaps when things go bad,
then we say, “I remember when...
things were better.”
We complain about our love life:
the kids, money,
and the government.
The music at church is too loud,
the weather is too hot,
or too cold and rainy.
Have you ever thought like this?
that we struggle to recall “the good times”.
I realize we have all become captive
to the fear of worry and uncertainty,
the unfulfilled hopes and dreams,
and the inability to do enough to make ourselves happy.
And here is the thing:
The freedom from our fears comes from learning to love Jesus
and what He did for you and me!
I find peace, and joy.
Christ reminds me that looking down
on these momentary issues
will take my eyes off of Him
and the Joy of eternity in heaven.
because I know the future has hope,
and it is better than anything here.
by coming to know Christ better!
And we must be serious about our Joy
or we may lose it again
by taking our eyes off Him
and looking to anything else.
You too can be serious about your joy,
because you know hope in Jesus Christ