WE Christmas lets us rediscover the original meaning of Christmas together. From Thanksgiving to Christmas WE will look at Jesus as hope to a discouraging world, joy to a painful world, love to an indifferent world, peace to a busy world, and grace to a broken world. Do the devotional and join the conversation.
WE Worship on Sunday mornings at Millard West High School at 9:00 and 10:30 and on Sunday evenings at Palisades Elementary at 6:00.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Potential and Permanence of Joy
Joy opens up possibilities for today and potential for the future. When God gives others can’t take away. Joy is not temporary based on circumstance. It is permanent based on God. Joy is because of God and through God. God doesn’t change.
No one can rob you of that joy. –John 16:22
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. –James 1:2-4
Something to Think About
Troubles in life can draw us closer to God. Intimacy with God gives us more joy. Pain and suffering isn’t the easiest way to experience joy—but joy can have unlikely sources. And joy can also be permanent.
Individual or Family Activity
Think about things or people or places that make you happy. Now think about things or people or places that make you unhappy. Describe a time when you went through a difficult event or season in life and how you experienced God’s presence during that time. Think about what your life would look like if it were defined by joy – a gift from God always available to you.