People are continuously telling me I laugh a lot. In fact I think some are just friends with me, because I laugh so easily. I would say I am kidding, but actually I know it’s true. They’ve told me so. Okay, so that may not be the only reason. My absolute favorite thing in the world to do is to laugh until my sides begin to ache. Oh, even though painful, it is the most healing thing in the world. Sounds like an oxy-moron? This girl LOVES to laugh!
I’ve been thinking on this whole joy thing lately. I truly believe that it is one of the enemy’s favorite things to steal in our lives. One of his favorite methods seems to be comparison. We begin to focus on all that others have and all that we don’t. I also believe that by choosing a grateful heart, we can overcome the schemes of the evil one. Sometimes when I start to feel lifeless, I begin the thank God. I thank Him for whatever comes to mind, no matter how incredible or trivial it may seem. As I thank Him, I find my joy returns.
Today in my devotional I came across this scripture in Deuteronomy.
For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete. Deuteronomy 16:15
When we co-labor (work) with God our joy becomes complete! When we are working and productive it is not only good for our wallets, it is good for our souls. God desires for us to enjoy the things we are doing, and He longs to bless our harvests, whatever they may be.
All of this to say I think I’ve finally narrowed down a life verse.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
I pray that my life be filled with such abundant joy that the nations will wonder about my incredible God. I pray the same for you as well…