The beginning of this year...
I chose JOY!
I chose the word, Joy - or the word chose me - for my word of the year!
My intent was to write a weekly post on the word, using "Word Wednesday" for the label. I've written and published 25, missing a few here and there.
Lately, I haven't felt much joy; not really sadness, or depression, but certainly not happiness or even joy...
But, joy is my word for the year! How can I not feel joy?
Occasionally I receive devotions from Crosswalk.com such as "Girlfriends in God", Daily Hope with Rick Warren", Proverbs 31, "Upwords" with Max Lucado, as well as others.
Sometimes one just seems to pop out at me and I save it for future reference! One such devotion was called "The Beginning of Joy," by Max Lucado taken from the book "The Applause of Heaven."
Here it is - it's short so I'll just share the full content of the post:
"In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest.” You’ve been there. You’re turned your back on the noise and sought his voice. You’ve stepped away from the masses and followed the Master as he led you up the winding path to the summit. His summit. Clean air. Clear view. Crisp breeze. The roar of the marketplace is down there, and the perspective of the peak is up here. Gently he invited you to sit on the rock and look out with him at the ancient peaks that will never erode.
Just remember, he says, you’ll go nowhere tomorrow that I haven’t already been. Truth will still triumph. Death will still die. The victory is still yours. And delight is one decision away--seize it! Joy begins by breathing deep up there before you go crazy down here!
Yes! Jesus invites us to come to Him; to rest with Him. He invites us to get away from the hustle and bustle, the noise and the chaos...
To join Him where we can look upon what is happening "down here"; perhaps gain a different perspective on what is happening in our lives.
Once we can remove ourselves from all that prevents us from our joy - from the hustle and bustle, etc. - maybe we can begin to find the joy once again.
And, when we find the joy again, we can share it with others who may have lost their joy.
Joy is around us every day...
We may just have to look harder some days to find it; but it's there!
Joy is in the small things; and it's in the big things, too...but, remember:
May you find your joy today and every day!