Have you ever met someone who is just so excited about life it becomes infectious? One of my students is always over-the-moon happy about everything. He’s happy to be at school. He’s happy to be with his teachers. He’s happy to be with his friends. No matter what troubles he may have, he is always ready to go with a positive attitude. Today, when I was having one of those blah mornings we all have, especially during this time of year, his bright smile and excited demeanor melted my heart and literally made me laugh out loud.
His joy gave me joy.
What would the world be like if we all had his attitude? What would this world be like if we all looked at life with a constant half-full perspective?
Jesus desired for us all to live lives filled to the brim with joy.
Inexpressible and glorious joy.
Not superficial happiness. His joy doesn’t come when we make the most money or have the nicest things. His joy doesn’t come when we lose that last ten pounds or when we get the job we have been wanting for the last five years. His joy certainly doesn’t come when we give into our own selfish desires.
His joy will only come when we accept Jesus into our hearts and become obedient to His will.
We sing Joy to the World during this time of year. We rejoice in the newborn King’s birth but how can we truly bring joy to this world today? How can we show others the love of Christ is the only way to pure happiness?
Maybe it’s by acting a little more joyful ourselves.
1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,