How do I get more joy in my life?
I imagine that is a question that many of us have asked from time to time. Over here in the USA, we can find plenty of things to blame for a lack of joy in our lives. Work is hard to come by, medical care is expensive and only shows signs of further increase, and at least fifty percent of the families in our country are broken homes.
If you haven’t looked for joy today, I would gamble you’ve wanted more joy to life someday in the last week or two at the very least.
However, with so many things in life taking away from our joy, what can we do to build up more joy in our lives?
“The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.” Proverbs 10:28 ESV
It only makes sense that in a world where malice and chaos take our joy, righteousness would add to it! Living the way God has taught us to in scripture will not only increase your joy, but also of those you act righteously towards. Allow me to offer a real world example of God’s word in action…
Have you ever noticed that no one takes joy in finding out that a child has been abused?
It is often depicted in television and movies that even some of the most wicked people will change their stripes when it comes to harming a child.
Think of what is fueling many of the changes around your world? In the States, school lunches are under constant scrutiny because we can all agree a child’s health is important.
Laws are often created when our children are victims of crimes. Programs like the Amber Alert system was created with confidence that when a child goes missing, people will spring to action.
Caring for our children is an act of righteousness. Jesus commanded us to care for the orphaned, while Paul challenged fathers to love their children and teach them not to live with anger.
As a father who just last year was blessed with my first son, I saw firsthand how many people change their entire demeanor in hopes to see my son smile for them. The righteous act of caring for our children causes joy!
This is just one way of many righteous things that naturally bring joy to our lives. When was the last time a lie continued to bring joy into your life?
When was the last time that arguing with your husband or wife made you both go to sleep happy? How many times has someone’s wickedness towards you caused you to be sharp or rude towards others?
Don’t let joy escape you any longer. Choose this day to find God’s righteousness for yourself, and you fill find hope and joy for everyday you walk this earth!
Written by Timothy Hegerich, first posted @ dailysignsofhope.com
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!