Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Shared Joy Is Double Joy!

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. (Eccl. 4:9) 

There's an old Swedish motto that hangs in many a kitchen: "Shared joy is a double joy. Shared sorrow is half a sorrow." . . . The secret of survival is not simply enjoying life's joys and enduring its sorrows, it is in sharing both with others.

We gain perspective by having somebody at our side. We gain objectivity. We gain courage in threatening situations. Having others near tempers our dogmatism and softens our tolerance. We gain another opinion. We gain what today, in our technical world, is called "input." 

In other words, it is better not to work or live one's life all alone. It's better not to minister all alone. It's better to have someone alongside us in the battle. For that reason, during my days in the Marines, we were taught that if the command "dig in" were issued, we should dig a hole large enough for two.

Living on the Ragged Edge

Joy. Joy. Joy. 

I thank God for the joy I have in my heart. The joy that God has placed in my heart can only come from Him and Him alone. The joy that I express and share with the people that God has placed around is not dependent on what the circumstances are like in my life. No matter how bad things can get in my life, joy continues to play a dominant role in my overall spiritual, emotional, and mental development. 

In spite of the immense blessing of being and experiencing happiness, joy, especially when shared, has a way comforting and providing assurance in ways that happiness could not possibly provide. Whereas happiness is totally dependent on the external circumstances in our lives, joy is exclusively dependent on God's presence and strength in our lives. God's presence and strength must come from within, not from without. 

Shared joy provides collective peace among those who have an intimate relationship with God. Shared joy reinforces our collective faith, hope, and love in (and for) God and the people He has placed in our lives. Shared joy is very contagious. Shared joy will get other people who may not feel so joyful to become joyful (or at least make them curious). When you least expect it, you will be approached by someone asking you what makes you so joyful or tell you that there is something different about you. All you need to do is tell that person that this is the day that the Lord has made and that I will rejoice and be glad in it. The world can be collapsing under the weight of sin and turmoil, but the joy of the Lord will keep your relationship with God intact. What a comforting fact! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).