What's something you connect with grace? For me, I connect beauty, rest, and joy with grace. But sometimes I let the world define these things for me instead of letting God show me the truth, like He did this week.
For I discovered joy in a new way.
Everyone always says that joy and happiness don't equal the same thing, and I always agree with them. But I don't always understand them, because joy and happiness seemed to always intersect in my life. What could they mean by saying that joy comes from something other that happiness? Obviously the good Sunday School answer is Jesus, but saying that is very different from living it out. Very different.
What does joy look like in everyday, driving-home-from-ballet life?
It means believing in Jesus and letting those truths seep into your heart and overflow into your smiles. It means knowing that this life isn't about you, but it's all about the One who loves you. He loves you!
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You see, on my way home Wednesday night, I talked to God. I just stated who I believed God was and how I would respond to that belief. The Piano Guys built momentum in the background, and the lights changed from red to green, green to red, but I kept resting in God's character. And then guess what? Joy filled my heart! I couldn't help but smile! I couldn't help but laugh! God is enough! He is here, and He loves me! He is Savior and Lord! Oh, what joy!
I found joy, but not when I tried really hard to feel joyful or when I concentrated on all the things that I like. No, I found joy when I forgot about me for a moment and fixed my eyes on Jesus, believing Him and responding to Him.
So say these truths. Let them sink into your soul. Yell them out if you can, but whatever you do, believe them, and then you too can find joy in Jesus!
I believe that Jesus is God, therefore I will worship Him.
I believe that Jesus is Lord, therefore I will serve Him.
I believe that Jesus is Savior, therefore I will rest in Him.
I believe that Jesus is Sovereign, therefore I will trust in Him,
I believe that Jesus is Grace, therefore I will live in Him.
I believe that Jesus is Enough, therefore I will be in Him.
I believe that Jesus is Missional, therefore I will follow Him.
I believe that Jesus is True, therefore I will stand on Him.
I believe that Jesus is Real, therefore I will proclaim Him.
I believe that Jesus is Provider, therefore I will depend on Him.
I believe that Jesus is Joy, therefore I will rejoice in Him.
I believe that Jesus is Perfect, therefore I will be perfectly His.
I believe that Jesus is Here, therefore I will talk to Him.
I believe that Jesus is Love, therefore I will love Him.
So choose joy today, but know, that really, choosing joy means choosing Jesus.
What brings you joy? What other truths of Jesus make you smile? Please comment below your thoughts of joy!