October 20, 2014
Is it possible to increase our capacity to experience and express joy?
Our new message series, Serious Joy, will give us an opportunity to find out.
The First Lesson of Joy: Joy is a Choice.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength,” said Nehemiah to the people of God (Nehemiah 8:10).
We are inclined to live as if joy is only an outcome of our circumstances. When we see joy as an outcome we make ourselves dependent on our circumstances.
So joy is always at risk.
But what is the choice we can make for Joy?
Just to try harder to be happier? To become a glass-half-full person? What do you do when the glass brakes?
The Choice: To center our joy on who God is and on what God has done for us.
The Challenge: To intentionally focus on growing our experience of joy.
Each day look for opportunities to:
- Learn something new about joy.
- Do something new to practice joy.
- Share some joy somewhere, somehow, where you live, work and play.
Let’s share what we learn with each other through Facebook and Twitter.
On Twitter use #seriousjoygc to post and see what others are saying.
Oct 19 Joy as a Choice
Oct 26 God: Joyful or Frustrated?
Nov 2 Growing Joy in My Family
Nov 9 Joy in a Competitive Society
Nov 16 Joy at Work on My Job
Nov 23 Joy, Gratitude and Suffering
Joy is the serious business of heaven.