One of the things I really like about the life of a believer is that we are expected to live a life of joy.
However, if I look around, I see an awful lot of things that just are not joyous, nor do they call for joy, in fact, if we express joy in the middle of these tragedies, we’re seen as being disrespectful, irreverent even, senseless maybe, or naive, at best.
Our elders teach us that life is somber, hard; our behavior must be subdued. We can look severe at any moment, but light-hearted joy must wait for the right moment. If these admonitions are true, why does the Bible tell us that the joy of the Lord is our strength? Let’s face it, we need strength throughout our life, day and night, grave moments and delightful moments.
The first step in joy may just be looking around and ignoring the awful things and looking only at what brings joy. I’m working at looking at life through God’s eyes. Unlike what some Bible-thumpers say, I don’t see any evidence that God is always looking for what’s wrong, and that if we could see His face, it would be terribly sad with perpetual tears rolling down His cheeks.
Writing has been in my blood, so to speak, but when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and He told me to write, all my trepidations rolled away and I began in earnest! After all, if God Almighty says it was His idea that I be a writer, who am I to stand in His way? My hope is that you not only like what I write, but that your life is moved by it, and that your party to Jesus and with Jesus turns your life into days of Heaven on Earth.