Finding Your Real Joy

For years the Lord had granted me time enough to work quietly on my degree, to study and write and study even more. And now when I was laid up I could not be bothered to spend anytime with him in prayer or in his word.

I felt ashamed of myself. The first thing I knew had to do was to get up off the floor and get my Bible.

It hurt terribly to roll over. I was lying on my back, knees bent, holding a mirror so that I could see the television. Once I was up, though I hobbled to the back room and got my Bible and laid down there.

I opened it up and just started reading. The second thing l had to do was pray. I prayed for Jesus to forgive me for wasting his time. I also thanked him for the backache.

I feel it was appropriate to thank him because I needed to have my eyes opened to what I was not doing. I did not blame my backache on him, claiming he gave it to me.

No! Instead, I accepted responsibility for my backache and made it mine!

Many times I find myself in a situation that I don’t want to be in and all I can do is complain and blame. That’s right, I complain and blame. I figure most people do the same thing. I decided to turn over a new leaf and instead of complaining and blaming; I’ll thank the Lord for the opportunity to live in the moment that I find myself in.

I may not understand why I am in that situation or what I am supposed to do to get out of it, but I’ll say thank you anyway. As of yet, I have not found ‘happiness’ promised to us in the Bible.

However, I do find the word ‘joy’ mentioned time and again  and that is given freely because the Lord wants us to have great joy in our lives. All we have to do is ask for it, but first we must accept responsibility f or  the circumstances we find ourselves in and treat them as a blessing because we are endowed with free will.

So here ‘s a simple 5-step plan to get in touch with the Lord and your joy:

l. Turn off the noise and clutter in your busy life, the television, the radio , the internal voice that you use to rationalize your activities.

2. Discipline yourself physically to pick up your Bible, the word of God, and read it daily so that it’s in your hearts and mind.

3. Pray daily to Jesus with all of your heart.

4.Attend church and fellowship on a regular basis, sharing in the Lord’s word.

5. Teach yourself to listen with your heart to what the Lord is saying to you. It is really that simple.

Listen for him to speak to you through prayer and the Bible. Remember to serve God through both the good times and the bad and you’ll find real joy.

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