“God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.” Psalms 51:10-12 HCSB
There are seasons when it feels as if someone has come in and turned off all the lights inside me and taken my joy. John 10:10 tells me Satan is a thief whose plan is to steal, kill and destroy. Sometimes I think he sneaks in like a shoplifter, so, carefully peeling away my happy that I don’t realize it’s gone until I look around only to see that my favorite has vanished when only a few moments ago it was still there.
Other times losing joy is a slow fade. I let busyness take over, filling in the divots that open up in my schedule with more agenda items. But are the things on my to-do list just space-fillers for God’s presence? In her recent book “Crazy Joy,” MK Backstrom encourages, “I want to make sure the things I’m pursuing in the name of joy on this finite earth are the things that can go with me into eternity.”
Jesus’ message, “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance,” (John 10:10b) is one that fits this bill. He gives to us from a wellspring that can never be closed off or stolen, and it is part of our eternity—life filled to the brim and overflowing.
What about you? Are you seeking after the things you can see, touch and feel in the here and now, or are you in it for that internal, eternal “crazy joy”? 🚦
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