LGD 067: Full of Joy

Russian Youth laughing and making funny faces

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Joy – it seems in short supply these days. The virus appears to be getting the best of even the happiest people.

Russian Youth laughing and making funny faces
Photo by Dave Anthold (2011) – Pskov, Russia

Wherever you land on the face-covering spectrum, one thing is certain – they rob us of our smiles.

I went for a walk the other day, and I smiled at someone and got no response. As we often do, we question why we got no answer, and then I realized it was because I was wearing my face-covering.

They couldn’t see my joy, my smile.

Many times our joy is robbed by the circumstances that surround us. Right now, it’s the coronavirus.

Before the virus, it could be the loss of a relationship or a loved one. Maybe it was the disappointment of not getting into your school of choice. Or something else entirely.

Today, I would like to remind you, as believers, our joy comes from the Lord. Paul shares,

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”

Philippians 4:4

I understand how difficult it can be to find joy during this season, but if we lose our joy, how can we share what we have with others?

As we maintain our joy in this season, spend some time resting in the presence of God. Ask Him to give you strength, comfort, and happiness.

The battles we face daily are real, and I want you to know that I am right there fighting with you. This too shall pass, it just may be a longer season than we expected.

Don’t let the world rob you of your joy and happiness. Let your smile dictate your joy even if it is temporarily hidden behind a face-covering.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for my joy and my smile. Help me to live with joy today, even though I struggle during this season of uncertainty. Let me be a light in my community by sharing the joy I have with others. Bless the day that is before me. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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