Joy Again?!

[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]T[/mk_dropcaps]his time  3 weeks ago I was at C3 San Diego’s annual Society young adult event called Party in the Desert .  Here’s the recap! Its amazing to me what the power of expectation and unity can do.  I have been a part of Society since it started over 3 years ago (May 2011). I consider it an honor to have been a part of it since its inception. How many times does one get to be a part of something that will transform countless lives?

You know what, though?  I am actually a part of two big organizations like that: Both in my church, C3 San Diego, and in Advocare.  Even with gratitude and vision for what I am a part of, to be honest, the day to day can be really challenging; I shared about this very thing in Results vs Reps.  I still get to pay my bills, budget, do laundry, chores around the house, and deal with the inevitable extraneous challenges that come with life.  Those challenges make the impact and importance of the bigger picture, and my involvement therein, difficult to keep in proper view and priority in my life. Dare I say I sometimes diminish the value of these great movements and influences on my life.  I hate to admit it but I know we all deal with feelings like this.  Maybe not with an organization you are a part of but even important key people in your life. You are not alone.

Do you know what always brings me out of this funk and monotony of life?  Going back and remembering the fun that attracted me to these things in the first place.  In scripture it says, Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) and “Joy comes in the morning”. (Psalms 30:5)

This joy or “re-joy” is repeating the joy you first had.  It is not lost but shoved into the background of our attention; lost in the chaos or busyness that this life perpetuates.  Truth: We have been given so much.

[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]Joy: A state of mind and orientation of the heart.  It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope.[/mk_blockquote] 

God is after our hearts first and foremost.  We can only please Him through faith.  Joy takes trust and faith in God.  This means that even with the flaws our current reality has, we choose to give God the glory, making HIM bigger than our circumstances.  Regardless of imperfection in our lives, and the sin that seeks to entangle us, when you trust in God, you will remain in a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope.  You will have joy. He promises it as a fruit of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.   This life is good; it is not perfect.  God never promised a perfect life.  Are facing a trial today that has been stealing your joy?  Then lift up your eyes.  Look to Psalm 121:1-2

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

   where does my help come from?

 My help comes from the Lord,

   the Maker of heaven and earth.

Joy is yours for the taking. God's joy will become your strength.  You can and will have hope again today.  You have Jesus, the ultimate helper, at your side, partnering with you in this life.

In the poetic words of Antoine Dodson “Run. Tell that!”