Finding Your Joy part I



Finding your joy often begins with choosing joy…Joy won’t choose you! Quite the contrary. Part of our mission in life is to hunt it down, harness it and tame it for daily use in our “field work”. Your “field work” and my “field work” can be completely different but with the same need for joy. Some of you may be tensing up right now at the thought of showing some form of joy on a regular basis…So I think it would be smart to talk about the definition of joy…True Joy!!

“Joy is the delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.” In other words, “Looking unto Jesus the author and perfector of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the same, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2. Joy may not be what you thought?

One night years ago, Scott and I had out-of-town guests in for a couple of days and he suggested we load everybody up and go get ice cream. Seemed innocent enough. Except it was about 9pm and between the two families we had 7 kids to get ready for bed. And in my mind, sugar that late for sleepy little ones was a recipe for disaster!! I was also worried that our friends were tired and that they were thinking we were crazy and that they were going just to be polite 🙂 As I was sighing in the car, I felt the Lord’s gentle reminder in my heart…It goes something like this, “Emanda, who do you think you are? You think you have it all figured out, don’t you? I answer, ‘Yes…well… maybe?! I’m just a little embarrassed and all of our kids will be too wound up to go to bed and then they’ll have nightmares…and, and..Oh!! I know! God wants to teach Scott a parenting lesson so he will not do this’ late stuff’ again. That must be it!!” God challenges my heart again, “What if I have a different plan? What if the kids will be fine? What if I want their Daddy to be the hero? What if the biggest learning tonight is for you? What if you let yourself have fun and enJOY the treat and stop worrying and trying to control everything?” Is Scott’s intention to annoy you and cause grief for everyone?” I laugh at the thought. “Lord, You are right!!” I sighed as I felt the pressure release and I felt the freedom to trust whatever was to come for the night.

Joy can come in the form of just being someone who is easy to be around. Our night happened just the way the Lord eluded to in my mind’s eye. No real drama…we had a blast and all of the kids slept beautifully. Scott was the hero. I was NOT the villain. And JOY rained on us all. Nothing major or out of the ordinary. Just another real life testimony of “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3