Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas: Fulfilled by Joy

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Each and every day you make hundreds and hundreds of decisions. You’ll choose what to wear, what to eat, what to read, what to watch, and so much more. But will you choose to live with a spirit of joy? 

For many of us, joyis a feeling and not much more. But the New Bible Dictionary points out that joy is a quality, and not simply an emotion. Some Scripture passages include:

  • Psalm 16:11 indicates that joy can be a way of life due to experiencing the presence of God. 
  • Philippians 4:4 says to rejoice in the Lord always
  • Romans 15:13 indicates that you can be filled completely with joy. 

Passages such as these reveal that joy isn’t a temporary feeling of happiness or satisfaction. It isn’t something that comes and goes like hunger or thirst. Instead, you can be completely and totally fulfilled with the joy of the Lord. 

What choices will you make today so that you can better experience a life completely and totally fulfilled by joy? 

READING & JOURNALING:

     ROMANS 14:17, PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9, PSALM 16

What comes to your mind when you think of being satisfied by something vs. being fulfilled by it? 

What choices will you make today so that you can better experience a life completely and totally fulfilled by joy? 

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love are common this time of year. But I acknowledge that it’s easy to think about each of these as fleeting emotions that can bring temporary satisfaction, instead of recognizing them for what they really are – gifts from You that bring lasting fulfillment. Today, may the decisions I make reflect my desire to know You and experience the joy that only You can provide. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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