Archive for February 24th, 2019

Bringing You Joy

Thrift shops all over North America are benefitting from the message of diminutive, soft-spoken, author and star of the ‘mess’-elimination Netflix program star, Marie Kondos.

Her Kon-Mari method of organizing has taken root, and people all over are embracing their belongings in search of whether or not they spark joy.

So what is joy?

Generally, joy is a feeling of pleasure, that seems to take us to a mental place of delight (our happy place).

Galatians speaks of joy, from a spiritual context:

” … the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

This tells us that there is a joy that is even beyond the feel-good experiences that come from our life’s delights. This joy is the fruit that can spark a desire for this joy as well.

Those of us who have accepted that we need the forgiveness of God, through the sacrifice of the blood of his son, have grafted within us the Spirit, and it is through the Spirit that we not only embrace, but exude joy that goes beyond our external circumstances.

Reorganizing and purging are necessary, not just in dealing with the physical ‘stuff’ of our lives but also in the quest for spiritual joy. We need to purge ourselves of our desire to be in control and reorganize the priorities of our lives to fit with a life lived for Christ. These are not easy things to do, but they do spark joy!

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