If you were to list the things that steal your joy what would they be? Many of would say things like money, or the way others treat us, or maybe life not being fair. But in those answers we find a common factor. Our joy is often “stolen” when we are most concerned with the things that affect our lives. When things don’t go how we intended, we feel that we have the right to be upset and be joyless. If we’re honest, we all want our own way. We all want our lives to be smooth and comfortable and anything that threatens that can easily steal our joy and become the enemy. But what if our self-centeredness is the very thing that is preventing us from having unwavering joy in life. In this week’s teaching, we talk about how the way to find continuous joy might be found in choosing to abandon getting our way and instead, have a tender heart towards God and compassionate towards those around us.
Paul says, you know what would be amazing?
You know what would be even better?
Do you want to have a different life? Choose a different path!
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C.S Lewis
Jesus chose obedience to God over the indulgence of his natural cravings, his instincts for self-preservation, and desire for personal gratification.
Why should you put the interests of others above your own, serve those who are selfish, and treat people better than they treat you?
Want to know how to get more joy in your world?