In the midst of the circumstances that we face daily, whether at school, work or home, we most often find that something is trying to snatch joy straight out of our hands. Sometimes the experience of a deep and constant joy may feel impossible.
In the midst of some tough circumstances, Paul wrote a letter to the Philippians about rejoicing always and living a life of joy. At this time, Paul was under arrest in Rome, yet he still experienced a joy so deep that he had to share it with the Philippians.
It was only recently that I truly experienced a joy so deep, just like Paul. I definitely wasn’t under arrest, nor have I been in prison, I honestly wasn’t even in a low point in my life. I was actually quite content in my everyday but I still hadn’t had that experience of deep joy. I always had the mindset of; “I’ll experience joy when...”. I was constantly trying to find joy in my friends and in my possessions. I thought there was this big secret to knowing and experiencing this joy that so many of my friends had been speaking about.
So, what is the secret?
Simply put, the secret to joy is rooted in Christ.
There is nothing in the world that could ever satisfy us like Jesus does, and therefore, our joy can only ever truly be full when we find it in Christ.
But, how do we find joy in Christ?
1. Seek God Above all else - we need to seek first. Put all distractions aside, put on some worship music, pick up your bible, and communicate with God. “Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.” 1 Chronicles 22:19 If fullness of joy is found only in Christ, then what better way to find joy than spending time in His presence.
2. Find something to be thankful for 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “give thanks in all circumstances.” There is always something to be thankful for. I have always been the first person to jump on the Negative Nancy wagon every time something unexpected arises but as of late, I have been intentional about finding something to be thankful for. Keep a diary, write down at the end of everyday what you are thankful for.
3. Community Surround yourself with a community of good friends to help you. We need friends who we can share our hurts with and our biggest wins with. Our friends can help guide us back to Christ. In the Bible, God has Elijah rest, then sends Elisha to help him (1 Kings 19:19-21). Encouraging friends helps to remind us of the truth; they strengthen us and walk with us on our journey.
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Love you all,