Today, Say Yes To Joy

The joy of the Lord is your strength
Nehemiah 8:10

Lenny was desperate to lose weight so his doctor told him, 'Eat normally for two days, then skip a day. Repeat this pattern for six weeks and you'll lose 10 pounds.' Amazingly, after two weeks he dropped 20! 'How'd you do it?' the doctor asked. 'Honestly, Doc, I thought I'd die!' he replied. 'Were you that hungry?' the doctor asked. 'No!' Lenny exclaimed, 'But that third day of skipping and jumping all day nearly wrecked me!' Life doesn't have to be so hard! We make it that way by saying no to joy because we don't think we deserve it. Feeling deprived and 'virtuous' doesn't make points with God, nor does acting like a martyr hoping somebody will rescue you.


A little boy asked his mum if he could sleep over at his friend's house. 'Why?' she asked. 'Just for fun,' he replied. 'But you slept over last night,' she said. 'Who says you can't have fun two nights in a row?' he reasoned. Beware of imposing so many rules and regulations on yourself that you're like the Pharisees who became slaves to the very laws they created. How long has it been since you said yes to a little light-hearted fun? Paul says, 'Be full of joy now!' What are you waiting for? If you pride yourself on always being structured, steadfast and serious, it's time to balance the scales and start building some spontaneity into your life. The Bible says, 'Let those...who love Your name be joyful...and be in high spirits' (Psalm 5:11 AMP); 'Be happy...rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16 AMP). Today, say 'yes' to joy!


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Comments

"Feeling deprived and 'virtuous' doesn't make points with God"- oh, is that true!!
(LOVE that photo of that little munchkin of a boy!)
Paulie said…
And that's just what I am going to do. . . have some fun camping with an internet friend. . . and after 4 days of temps over 100 IT IS RAINING! We will accept the challenge and try anyway. Ü
What a great reminder and it doesn't take a lot of coaxing for me!!
Susan
Thanks for the reminder!
dot said…
I sure need to work on being more joyful. I'm an old grump most of the time.
GranmaL said…
It's amazing to me how the Lord works. I needed this today. Thank you for allowing God to use you in a way to encourage others.
Sidharth said…
haha, I like the little kids response...."Who says we cant have fun two nights in a row?" =)

The joy of the Lord is my strength!

Sid
Barbara said…
Funny with a message.
Gudl said…
good message, yes, I want to feel HIS joy! Good reminder.
Steve said…
Thoughtful, but joy shouldn't just be equated with getting our own way!