Just For The Joy Of It!

September 14, 1996
by Michael Farris

Matthew 13:44 – The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and covered up; then in great joy goes and sells everything and buys that field.

Have you ever wondered why people do the things they do? The good things, I mean.

An old teacher of mine said "You can make someone do something once through guilt. You can bring them a few times more through obligation and duty. But give them joy and it will be a thousandfold!" How much can be done when there is joy in it. How little when there is none.

Where do we get such joy? Joy is something larger, more wonderful and more marvellous than you are. Joy comes from being part of it all and knowing it too. Joy is less the emotion you feel and more living your life in the greater circle of God's amazing ways.

Joy is something you can't do on your own. It's not by yourself. Joy comes from others and most of all from God.

Prayer: Dear God, what you have for us is bigger than our everyday, bigger even than our noblest dreams. Thank you for inviting us to be part of your plan. Thank you for setting out your future and telling us that we belong to it. Thank you that we can know it too. That joy is our strength today — through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

About the author:

Michael Farris
Seattle, Washington, USA

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