Enjoy! Find Joy in Every Moment of Life

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Recently, one word invades my waking and dreaming hours, the word “enjoy”! I feel God prompting my heart to find joy in every moment of life.

The other day someone paid me an unexpected compliment, “You make everything more fun! You bring joy!”

I went away whispering a silent prayer of thanksgiving. Though it has taken awhile, God has turned my sadness into joy. Life hasn’t suddenly become carefree and wonderful. But despite what is or has happened, I’m discovering the secret of finding joy in even the smallest things.

I wish I would have learned these joy lessons earlier and found joy more often — in the hard moments, the easy moments, the weary moments, and even the mourning moments. God has given us all things to enjoy.

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”
1 Timothy 6:17

To enjoy means to take delight, pleasure, and satisfaction in or have fun doing something. It also means to have for one’s use, benefit, or possession. Joy is not equivalent to happiness, however. Happiness is an emotion; while joy is a position of the heart.

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Trust

We find the key to a lifestyle of joy by trusting in God. I’ve fretted over children and grandchildren, over finances and lack thereof, over health, over eternal souls of others, and innumerable other things. Trusting God replaces all unnecessary worry and fretting.

Can life be tough? Yes! Does it push us to our limits? Yes! But God gives us the capacity to find joy in little moments — in the weighty young mother moments loaded with responsibility, in the pressured moments of providing for the tangible needs of others, and even in the sorrowful moments of caring for a dying loved one.

Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life.”
Ecclesiastes 5:18

The level of our joy ultimately demonstrates the level of our trust in God.

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Find Joy

Unfortunately, I wasted far too much of my life hoping to find joy and satisfaction in people or lesser things. Everything outside of God leads to disappointment and disillusionment. But as we rest our hearts in the goodness of God, joy flows naturally and freely.

What shall we fear when He holds us fast? He loves perfectly and desires the very best for each of us. The more we learn to linger in God’s presence, the freer we are to experience true fullness of joy.

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”
Psalm 16:11

Some of you may find this little message insensitive to the pressures and obligations currently pressing against you. Like precious jewels, God has deposited some of the greatest life lessons during my darkest most hopeless seasons. He has given joy in sorrow and suffering and has even refreshed my joy during loss and pain. The flickering beams of His Presence shine like prisms of color off His jewels of joy.

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Prayer

For those of you who have discovered this treasure, rejoice! For those who feel neck deep in overwhelm, take courage.

“Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:4-5

But joy! Such beautiful words of hope and assurance. Lord, I ask for kingdom revelation over those who are weary and worn. Give them strength for today. May they trust You fully when life presses hard against them. Grant them a capacity to find joy in the fleeting moments of the season they are in. Though weeping has lasted through a very long night, may they discover renewed joy today. And may Your joy shine from their lives like beacons of hope to others caught in despair. May Your joy bring a sense of peace and the assurance of victory to all.
Saskatchewan-based acrylic artist MaryAnn Ward captures a serene outdoor scene featuring a reader engrossed in a bible passage, subtly highlighted by their pointing finger.

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Is there a Wrong Way to do The Right Thing? Attitude Makes All The Difference

Attitude

There is never a right way to do the wrong thing. There are, however, wrong ways to do the right thing. This is sometimes the manner in which we can step out of God’s will. Attitude makes all the difference!

My thoughts go back years ago when I was in the middle of a difficult situation, like the Monkey-In-The-Middle.

A wise friend advised, “You know the right thing to do. Be careful you don’t do it the wrong way.”

I have thought of this advice many times over the years and have passed it on to others. Unfortunately, I sometimes struggle with this tripping point. I’m not alone.

Presumption

Abraham clearly received a promise from God.

“Then the word of the LORD came to him:
“This man will not be your heir,
but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”

Genesis 15:4

Presumption

Sounds clear enough! But Abraham was already a senior citizen and his wife, though very beautiful, was barren and beyond childbearing age. Time wasn’t just running out; the clock struck midnight and the battery was dead.

So, Abraham and Sarah reasoned that God must need help with this one. Through Hagar, they clearly tried to the right thing, but in every wrong conceivable way. (Pun intended!)

Pride

Prayer is a good thing! A really good thing! Jesus gives us an illustration of how we can even pray in the wrong way.

“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Luke 18:9-14

Pride

You would think in this place of prayer we could at least get things right! Attitude makes all the difference! Pride may work for the master rooster guarding his brood, but not much further.

Anger

The Samaritans rolled up the welcome mat before Jesus could cross the border to make entry. Even the disciple known as the Apostle of Love wanted to BBQ them on the spot!

Fire From Heaven

“When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”
Luke 9:54

Surely defending the Lord Jesus is worthy of drastic measures, right? Well, maybe not!

The Right Attitude Leads the Right Way

Fortunately, there is also a right way! When we are walking in the center of God’s will with godly attitude there often develops an ever-widening circle of influence and blessings.

Attitude

Even in the most difficult of situations, when we seek God’s heart and His wisdom, He will give direction.

“… the people who know their God will display strength and take action
Daniel 11:32

“When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.”
Matthew 10:19

Staying in that sweet spot of favour can be incredibly scary and amazing all at the same time. Who knows what paths might open up, if one is willing to do the right thing in the right way!

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