(To the tune of I’ve Got Joy.)
I found my joy, joy, joy, down in the trash. Where? Down in the trash. Where? Down in the trash. I found my joy, joy, joy, down in the trash, rotting my purpose away.
Ever feel like that? Like your joy is buried beneath a mound of gunk, irreparably tarnished?
When was the last time you rejoiced in something other than personal pleasure or your achievements? When you looked past your trials in search of a greater glory? The Bible tells us Jesus endured the brutality of the cross for the “joy set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2). I believe God longs for us to approach our struggles and trials with the same long-term focus as we die to ourselves and surrender our lives to God’s bigger plan.
Join me at Internet Cafe Devotions as we talk about biblical joy and how to grab hold of it … even while standing in the garbage dump.
I’d love to hear from you. What helps you stay centered in Christ when everything else attempts to pull you in the other direction? What verses provide hope or encouragement?