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Topic: Joy (05/18/06)
TITLE: Joy is the Power of God
By Linda Wattley
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One day I was reflecting over the up and down experiences in my life and realized I had more downs than ups. In fact, I had enough down experiences to be down today. But, I am not down and it is not by chance. I continued contemplating over my life as I found it very difficult to come up with happy memories. I managed to come up with a some moments in my life that made me smile. It was when I smiled; joy filled my heart as I remembered what has sustained me my entire life.
Joy was not found in the moments when I got what I wanted. My joy came when I knew God received what He wanted from me. True joy for me is when I am serving mankind according to Godís will. Any of my struggles and heartaches becomes the least of my concerns when I find the strength to listen and pray for my fellowman.
To me, joy is a heartfelt connection to God that moves us to have compassion and empathy. It props us up and dusts us off during times of weariness and disappointments. Joy gives us an aura of royalty in the presence of our enemies and afflictions. It is that power that constantly rises within us letting us know God is real and we are heading somewhere beyond this world.
Joy is the power of God active in our lives.
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