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"Choose Joy"

"I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you…"

Philemon 1:4-7

I think its safe to say that almost everyone wants to be happy and yet as quickly as we think we have found it, it can be gone and rightly so. Happiness is fleeting at best, and unfortunately our happiness is tied directly to our 'happenings' which change as quickly as our circumstances. If things go as we hope we are happy to varying degrees and time. If things don't go as we hope discouragement and sadness often grip our heart and mind with greater intensity than the happiness we were longing.

Are you aware there is something more satisfying than happiness? Yes, loved one, better than the pursuit of happiness is the gift of joy. C.S. Lewis once said, "Joy is the serious business of heaven." What makes joy trump happiness every time is joy is not determined by our circumstances and therefore is not subject to change even when everything else does. Happiness is contingent on what happens to us, unlike joy which is dependent solely on what Jesus accomplished for us on the Cross. Joy is a gift from God to His children and constant through each and every circumstances we encounter that reminds us we are loved and that God is there.

Of all the apostles there was none who knew the difference between happiness and joy more than Peter. Before joy overflowed his life Peter was tossed to and fro by the emotional highs and lows that come with the pursuit of happiness it seems like almost daily. Peter, writing in the epistle that bears his name captures perfectly the impact of Christ's love upon our lives, "whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8). "Joy inexpressible" because there are no words that can describe seeing Jesus work supernaturally in your life in a way that transcends seeing Jesus physically as Peter did. Its like the difference between seeing something beautiful and being touched by it. Seeking and finding Jesus brings an abiding satisfaction, a joy like nothing this life has to offer. Nothing else comes close.

Do you have a desire for more joy in your life? I know I do. Discover more joy as you discover more of Jesus as Jesus and joy are inseparable. So, instead of seeking happiness, make it your aim to seek Jesus and you too will discover joy inexpressible! I believe C.S. Lewis said it best, "aim at the world and you get nothing, aim at heaven and you get the world thrown in." Choose Jesus!

"You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

Psalm 16:11 


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Wednesday, 23 January 2019