Five Minute Friday.
This week's word is "Joy". What a fun word! Truly, it's pretty difficult to say "joy" in the English language without the corners of your mouth turning up. And, it happens to be my OneWord365 for the year. Joy, however, is not equal to happiness. In our language, we always equate happiness with joy, but sometimes joy is a choice. I am resolving to make the choice of joy, so I combine those three words and get re-jo-ice.
There are lots of verses encouraging us to rejoice in everything. I think it comes down to that deep, deep, non-temporary part of us.
I've finally figured out that joy is as simple as counting backwards from five.
"Will this matter in...
And, if it's a temporary upset or annoyance that will have no bearing in the long-term, I can choose to let it pass. I must take a deep breath and relax. I will not let Satan steal my joy.
This summer a movie called "Inside Out" was released. It's a children's film all about the struggle for control inside the mind of an 11 year old girl. She has five main emotions, and Joy is at the head of the control. She's joined by Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger.
So during school spirit week, I dressed up as "Joy".
We were supposed to dress as superheros.
I explained to the students that the power to bring Joy is very important and a supernatural gift.
What brings you joy? For me, it's causing others to smile and laugh. To solve problems. To bring peace. To encourage somebody that's weary. To build others up.
The best part about bringing joy to others is that it gets your focus off of those non-joyful temporary circumstances (or permanent ones) for the moment, so you can focus on what really matters. Eternity. Will people be drawn to Jesus because they met you?
P.S. Please tell me your url or linkup number at Kate's blog this week so I can find your post too! :)