Are you really enjoying your life? There is a difference between joy and happiness. People are typically happier on Friday. It’s a proven fact, but what about the other days of the week? God really wants us to enjoy our lives every day, not just on Friday or when we have something fun going on. Take a look at what John 10:10 says:
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” (AMP)
Happiness comes from good things happening, but what about when good times are nowhere to be found. That’s when we need Joy! Joy is actually a fruit of the spirit. God gives us the ability to have joy in the midst of negative circumstances. We can still have joy even when things are not going the way we planned. We don’t have to be down and discouraged because God has already given us Joy. Take a look at Galatians 5:22-23.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
If you have made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life then you have Joy in your spirit already! You just have to tap into it. God wants us to do more than just live…he wants us to enjoy our lives, in abundance, until it overflows! We can have joy every day, no matter what our circumstances are. Joy is an attitude of the heart. You have to decide to look on the bright side of life. Choose to be positive. Make a determination to speak words that uplift and not words that destroy. You have to change your mind-set about the day-to-day things in life. You can have joy when you’re doing laundry, cleaning the house, or mowing the lawn. You can even have joy while you’re at work! You don’t have to be on vacation to be happy! You can be happy and a person of joy every day of the week, no matter what’s happening around you. Choose Joy!
“A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 (AMP)
When you choose joy you are actually bringing health and healing to your body! Laughter is the best medicine. Take a look at some of the health benefits of laughter:
• Laughter causes the release of endorphins, a chemical in the body that relieves pain and creates a sense of well-being.
• It can raise your energy level, relieve tension and change your attitude.
• It increases antibodies and strengthens your immune system.
• A good belly laugh causes you to inhale more oxygen and stimulates your heart and blood circulation. It’s like internal aerobic exercise!
The next time you find yourself feeling negative, or just having a down day, remember that Joy is on the inside of you. All you have to do is keep God first, trust in Him and keep your mind set on God. There is nothing too big that God can’t handle. Never lose your hope! God will never fail you. He has you in the palm of His hand. Every day is a new day and God has given you this day to ENJOY! Live it to the fullest!
“…The joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
“The hope of the righteous brings joy…” Proverbs 10:28
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13