Hanging Onto Joy

(By Rachel Joyce)

Photo Credit: Lesly Juarez

How is your joy quotient?

Satan wants us to despair. He knows that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh 8:10). If only he can steal our joy and drain our strength, our Christian life will be a mere shadow of what God intends for it to be.

I don’t know about you, but I play into his hand far too often. So many times, he doesn’t need to beat me up, I’m already doing that for him.

The echoes reverberate in my head, “You haven’t gotten that done. Why does it take you so long? You’re too particular. You haven’t spent enough time with her; what kind of friend are you, anyhow? And you forgot to send that sympathy card. That wasn’t very loving. Why can’t you get it together? Just look at this house! You’re always failing.” And on, and on.