"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."
I remember, as a small child, the joy my parents would bring each time I laid eyes on
them. It surfaced an innate bubbling of happiness that only unconditional love can
bring. It didn't matter the day, or what was happening at the moment. A simple
kiss could bring reprieve from a boo-boo that thwarted with throbbing pain. A
brush of the hair brought relaxation along with the simple comfortableness of being
loved. A favorite dinner of macaroni and cheese on a Friday night filled my belly with warmth and the knowledge all was well. How simple life was then when I was so young, so untarnished yet from life's unbearable handouts. For at that time, I knew in my heart, no matter what tribulation would pass my way, all would be taken care of.
What happened to that joy we once experienced each day when life was so uncomplicated, yet so giving? The answer is simple- as we transpired to young adults, and began to become accustomed to the emotion of "want" we became changed. Changed because our wants weren't being met as we desired. In turn, we fought harder to achieve these new found needs, only to find ourselves in perils from time to time trying to acquire what we felt was important. How do we get this feeling of joy back into our lives this New Year?
John states, "my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." Simply stated, Christ promises joy. Yes, that pleasant joy we felt as children when life seemed so uncomplicated. But how do we get that joy? How can that joy fill our souls completely as promised? As always, all we have to do is ask. Ask Christ now to fill you with joy. Become a beacon of this light. This light will bathe everyone you meet and fill their lives with joy.
The funny thing about being filled with Christ's joy is that nothing can penetrate it. You can experience the blackness of night, yet a glimmer of light will brighten your path. There is nothing that can touch or harm you when you are filled with the joy of Christ. Life becomes bearable, and new avenues open up because we are no longer burdened with the need to want. You see, when we are filled with joy our needs are already met.
1. Take time this instance and ask Christ to fill you with his joy. Sit quietly and feel the new connection you made. Rely on this connection anytime your emotions waver.
2. Realize you can weather any change, any peril life hands you with this new found joy.
3. From this point forward, this New Year, bask in the joy of Christ each day. It is yours as promised as long as you believe.