Tag: joy


Sunday Inspiration: Don’t Confuse Happiness With Merriment

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

Don’t confuse happiness with merriment. Merriment comes from joy, not happiness, and understanding this is crucial to your emotional well-being.

There are times when we can’t and shouldn’t be happy—when people are hurting, going through tragedy, or losing jobs and loved ones. In the face of injustice happiness is inappropriate, if not impossible.

Yet the joy that comes from knowing that you are unconditionally loved and accepted by God enables you to remain joyful. That’s because:

  1. Happiness is external; joy is internal.
  2. Happiness depends on outward circumstances; joy depends on inward character.
  3. Happiness depends on what happens to us; joy depends on who lives within us.
  4. Happiness is based on chance; joy is based on choice.

So today—choose joy!

Source: https://sacrificebeyondprice.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/experience-it/

Sunday Inspiration: Enjoy Each Day

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

In the ninth chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes about the importance of seizing life, living in the moment, and learning to enjoy each day.

Which introduces the question: what are you waiting for? To graduate? To get married? To have children? To retire?

Life is about the journey, not the destination!

Your life is here and now, your family is here and now, your marriage is here and now, your career is here and now.

The journey takes place every day, and you can find meaning when you search for a greater purpose. You can find small joys every day if you have eyes of faith.

Solomon recognized that ultimately we all end up at the same destination-the grave. The only difference lies in how much we enjoy the journey.

Instead of obsessing over the things you can’t control, focus on what you can control and leave the rest to God.

Phil Cooke writes:

“I have to believe that God’s in control, and for me to always demand answers is to assume His role. I’ve decided to sit back and let Him be God and let me be me.”

That’s a philosophy we would all do well to adopt!

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/enjoy-each-day

Sunday Inspiration: God Knows “the Text” of Your Life

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.” 2Sa 22:25 TM

You can be successful yet still feel empty inside. Solomon’s life proves that. He was the world’s wealthiest man, as well as one of the most famous. Yet amazingly he begins the book of Ecclesiastes with these words: “Everything is meaningless” (Ecc 1:2 NLT).

Solomon discovered that a fulfilling life can only be built on two things: relationships and purpose. And the first and foremost relationship you must establish is with God. Once that happens you discover your life’s purpose. And as you start walking in it your joy and fulfillment knows no bounds.

Self-help gurus tell us, “Look inside yourself and you’ll find the key!” But how can you uncover the plot for your life by simply examining your life? You’ll have more luck following “the yellow brick road”! No, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.

Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone” (Eph 1:11-12 TM). Your life’s purpose has already been determined by the greatest mind and the kindest heart in the universe: the mind and heart of God.

You say, “But things aren’t working out too well for me right now.” We all have times like that. But here’s a promise you can stand on: “He makes everything work out according to his plan” (v. 11 NLT). God knows “the text” of your life. Pray and He will reveal it to you.

Source:  https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/god-knows-the-text-of-your-life