Against all odds – Part 4
Joy! Joy!! Joy!!!
It’S another great week, and it is my prayer that you find genuine fulfilment and joy in all that you do.Depression is dangerous, as it stifles potentials and kills initiative, while laughter ventilates the soul. Joy keeps us open to creative ideas. Excited people rule the world, for they never run short of productive ideas. We can take a cue from the words of Paul, when he said: “Rejoice in the Lord always (delight, take pleasure in Him) again I will say rejoice.”
A wise man said, “It takes more muscles to frown than to laugh.” Laughing is cost effective and it yields great dividends. Joseph was undoubtedly a very joyful person. Looking at the myriad of challenges he went through, he had “reasons” to be depressed. He was falsely accused and imprisoned.
He chose to walk in the fear God by fleeing fornication, but in spite of this act of obedience, he ended in prison. Joseph understood the mystery of faithfulness, that it is a seed that births a stable future. We need to develop maturity, when it comes to such life issues. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Bible said, “Even if God will not save us, it is not right for us to bow down to another god.” Obedience is always better than sacrifice, and should come first. Lasting joy comes from being obedient.
There is every indication that even in prison, Joseph retained a joyful disposition. Only an active and excited man could have been delegated to lead. He exhibited strength, which is a product of joy.
“For you to remain joyful and excited, you must break every connection with the negative past,” said Dr. David Oyedepo. Joseph’s joy came from the fact that he obeyed God and was sure that He would vindicate him. There is always a reason to thank God. Joseph could have been killed, but God preserved his life. Because of this, his destiny was preserved.
Share the love, share the joy!
S. Perry said, “Nobody likes sad people.” So, be cheerful. Laugh and the world will laugh with you. A cheerful person is he, who has mastered the act of shutting out his troubles so as not to bore others. Such is the man that can win the greatest number of friends. Those who bring sunshine to others’ lives cannot keep it from themselves. Spread sunshine wherever you go. Let the thoughts of others be inspired by your presence and the joy you exude. Be a pacesetter!
“All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a glad heart has a continual feast (regardless of circumstances)”Proverbs 15:15 AMP
I choose to rejoice and remain faithful in spite of circumstances, for I know that therein is lasting joy. I also choose to speak words of favour, healing and joy regardless of how I feel. Thank you Lord for my life is a beautiful representation of the positive words I speak daily in Jesus’ name. Amen.
See you next week!
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