joy.

“You have shown me the way of life, and you will give me wonderful joy in your presence.”  Acts 2:28

I never want to have joy that is based on circumstance.

I want joy because God is my circumstance.

I never want joy just because my life is good.

I want joy because my God is always good.

I never want joy that is determined by my present feelings.

I want joy because I am always in God’s presence.

It can be easy to fall into a “joy slump”; to let emotions and circumstances bog down the joy that we had just yesterday, this morning or even last month.  Life always catches up to us, whether it is in our finances, our school or even in our family.  There will always be things looming over us, threatening to take our joy.

Many people talk about how we should have joy in spite of our situations, relationships or emotions; but that is so much easier said than done.   I believe that also focuses on the wrong part of the equation.  That mentality forces us to concentrate on our world and the ever changing mess around us.

What I suggest is that we stop trying to find the joy in our circumstances, in our feelings and in our relationships and we refocus the direction of our joy.   We should find joy in the ever present and unfailing truth of Jesus Christ.

When we stop allowing our joy to be determined by ever changing details of our life, we can begin to experience real joy that is based on a solid rock.  We can have constant joy because God IS our situation, he is ALWAYS good and he is ALWAYS with us.

Practice finding joy in a firm foundation, not just the changing details of life.

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