I'm excited to get this new week started off with a great discussion over At the Well! The discussion centers around Happiness and Joy and the question is:
Why do you think it is important to experience joy, happiness, and contentment as a Christian?How can you create a home filled with laughter and joy?
Many times the Christian life is portrayed as a life of strict, staunch people grudgingly following their Lord. Perhaps that conclusion is brought about by the call to live soberly and righteously. We are called to be people who live a purposeful life - to glorify God and to love one another. God's Word encourages us to be diligent, hard working, focused, faithful and committed, but not dull, deary and void of joy.
The difference in serving with drudgery and serving with joy is when we realize Who we serve. We are called to be a peculiar people living different from the world, submissive to our Lord. Our Lord who loves us with an everlasting love. Who watches over our every step, protects us, keeps us, heals us and directs us. Our Lord is powerful - so powerful that He has conquered death and reigns victorious. How could we NOT rejoice over Him?
What a joy to serve our Lord! He wants to lavish us with His love, bless us and guide us. Do we live in a happily ever after life? Of course not. We will face trials, hurt and grief. But He is there matching our sorrow with His grace and comfort. He equips us with everything we need to live victoriously. Some of my favorite "happy verses" are:
"...I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11
"And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD;It shall rejoice in His salvation." Psalms 35:9
"...for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
In our lives and homes joy can be cultivated beginning with our thoughts and actions. "A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance..." When our heart is happy, so is our face! Meditating on our blessings is a great beginning to a merry heart. Practice singing praises to the Lord is surely a way to lift our spirits. Looking for opportunities each day to laugh and find joyful moments can keep our homes filled with joy.