We must learn how to capture joy in order to be strengthened through any trial. Getting down about a situation can’t fix anything. Learn how to overcome any challenge with joy.
The Joy of the Lord is your strength and therefore, you should live in it. Joy is a gift from God, but not everyone has accepted it. It seems that the majority of people who have not accepted or walk in it are adults.
A study at the University of Michigan has discovered that the average young person laughs 150 times a day, while the average adult laughs only 15 times a day. Is it perhaps that young people have discovered that joy is necessary in order to have a stress free life?
Young people know how to shrug off worry, stress and anger by having joy in their lives compared to adults who seem to have a problem releasing these emotions. You’re probably saying, ‘Young people don’t know what stress is!’ They’ve never had to deal with worry and anger at the level that I do!’ That is not true, ask any young person who has gone or is going through feelings of not fitting in, struggling with school or even trying to find their own identity!
Young people also deal with watching events around them unfold without the opportunity to voice their opinion and in spite of it all they still glow with the fruit of JOY!
God also expects us as adults to walk in his joy despite our age and or the situation that we may be going through.
How can we begin to walk in the joy our LORD has set before us? I’m glad you asked! Here are four ways to help you capture and walk in joy.
- Take time to laugh at you because happy is the person who can laugh at himself. Have you ever said or done anything you could not believe you said or did. Trust me I have plenty of examples. Enjoy your own imperfections because perfection is boring and He will never cease to be amazed.
- Avoid sarcasm, ridicule and excessive teasing. They hurt rather than heal. Matthew 19:19 says,” Love your neighbor as yourself “ Our LORD requires us to care for each other. That’s CARE not TEAR! Engage the brain and think before you speak.
- Stop worrying. There is a Swedish proverb that says, “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” Fear and worry freezes you and they will turn your life inside out. Mary C. Crowley, in her book, ‘BE SOMEBODY’ states “every evening I turn worries over to GOD. He’s going to be up all night anyway.” Grab your concordance and do a word study on ‘worry’ you’ll be pleased with what you’ll find. (What? You thought I was going to do all the work for you!) Here are a few references.
Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to GOD”. Jesus said, in Luke 19:25’who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life.’ There is a poem I encourage you to read titled, ‘THE BRIDGE YOU’LL NEVER CROSS’.