Let Joy Be Your Compass

Do you remember a time in your life when you had pure joy? Maybe that time is now…maybe it’s not. But at least one point in all of our lives we can say we’ve experienced true and pure joy. Think about it for a minute. Go back to that time if that time isn’t now. How did it feel? Is it something you want to experience again?

I’d hope so!

Well, you can. Joy isn’t lost. No matter your current situation…how dire things seems. You can get back to that place of pure joy. It will take some work on your part, some surrendering, letting go. But isn’t it worth it?

Here are 4 simple steps to regain joy in your life.

1 – Believe God wants you to have joy.

God is a God of love. He wants nothing but good for you. And joy is good. But you have to believe this truth. You have to walk around with your head held high knowing that the Creator of the entire universe and everything in it values you above anything else and He cares that you have joy in your life. You’re that special.

2 – Ask God for joy.

There’s nothing wrong with asking God to give you joy. And there’s nothing wrong with asking others to pray for you in the same way. God wants us to come to Him with our desires and wants. And joy in our lives is just as big as healing of a disease. Don’t belittle it! Put it on your prayer list! He’s listening. Just ask!

3 – Go near to God.

Sometimes, just seeking His presence and sitting quietly before Him will do more for your soul than you can imagine! Develop a daily meditation practice with your Father. Spend this time in silence just sitting and listening and letting Him do a work on your heart and soul! It will do wonders for your joy! It can be a minute, it can be 2, 5 or 30. The choice is yours! But just do it! Start small and work yourself up. Sit quietly with God, breath deeply…breath in His presence and breath out negative thoughts and feelings. Just a minute of this practice will rejuvenate you, energize you, and bring back your joy!

4 – Set your mind on things that bring you joy.

Ok, and this is a biggie! One of my most favorite sayings recently is “what’s kinking your hose?” (Think of a garden hose that’s free flowing water, then one that gets kinked… when you’re kinked, you can’t flow life, creativity, joy…anything!) I was at a wellness conference and one of the speakers was talking about things that kink our hose, steal our joy and make us a big old mess! So, evaluate. What is linking your hose and remove it from your life! Also evaluate, what unkinks your hose and focus on those things! The things that allow your hose to flow free are the things that will bring you joy. The things that kink your hose are the things that will suck your joy. So spend some time asking God to show you the kink culprits and how to remove them. Then ask Him to show you those things that foster passion, creativity, joy, life and how you can put more of that in your life.

And when you start doing these 4 simple things, get ready for joy overload! Also get ready to make a difference in this world! Because when you are living this way, you will be living out the passion and purpose God has placed in your heart and you’ll be making a tremendous difference in your world!

Can I Have a Drink of Water?

In John 4:1-45, we read about an encounter Jesus has with a Samaritan woman at a well. A woman He never should have spoken to… a woman for all intents and purposes shouldn’t have even been there at that time.

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You see, it was the hottest part of the day and women typically went later in the day to draw water because it was cooler. But this woman, well, she specifically went at this time to avoid others because she had a bit of a reputation. So, I am sure when she was walking up and saw a man… a Jewish man nonetheless… sitting by the well, she was all but bothered. But she went anyway.

And what did Jesus do? Did He ignore her? Pretend she wasn’t there? Nope. He asked for some water. So not only was He willing to talk to her, but He was willing to drink from her jar. Gasp! The horror!

Who do we avoid because the world tells us we should? Who do we not say a simple hello to because we aren’t supposed to? Look what happened… because Jesus started with a simple question… will you give me a drink of waterthis woman’s entire life changed! No longer an outcast, no longer on a path to nowhere… now a child of God, saved by grace and the one who brought the life-giving message of Jesus to her town! Woah! Jesus used an outcast to do all that!

Who are we robbing of their blessing because we won’t simply ask them can I have a sip of water?

OUCH!

So, today, say hello to people. Ask simple questions. And see where it leads! Let conversation happen! Who knows what path God may be leading you down to help a person discover their path. And how cool would it be to get to be a part of a journey like that just for saying can I have a drink of water?

That’s #MyThoughtForToday
What’s yours?
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