C HRISTIANS ARE CALLED to be joyful:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. — Romans 15:13

 This isn’t easy, of course.  We all get discouraged by happenings in our families, in our businesses, in society.  This is not an easy time.

But I’m not sure that there’s EVER been an easy time.

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Why should we have joy?  The first reason is that it gives us gratitude for what we have, and hope that the future will turn out the way God wants it.  Perhaps not in your lifetime or mine, but eventually.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. — Psalm 5:11

Ponder this:  What if, in your life, things are turning out the way God desires for you?  You’re in the process of co-creating your future, and for those you affect.

Which brings up the second reason for having joy:  Because it positively affects those around us.  It gives them hope and comfort.  Joy, like despair, is infectious.

Be joyful, with the Lord’s help.

Co-create with Him.

Work every day to make your little corner of the world a better place.

Especially by giving hope to the people in your life.

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. — Proverbs 11:25

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