“If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.” Billy Sunday (evangelist)
The Greek word for joy is chara.
The same root word is used for grace (charis).
Joy becomes our response to grace.
A good translation of grace is special. So “joy is the response to being the really special one”
3 Practical Steps to Returning to joy:
- GRATITUDE: Journaling what you are grateful for and listening to God’s response.
- APPRECIATION: Gift-wrapped gratitude. Speaking this to others.
- REFLECTING ON PREVIOUS JOY: pondering on past joyful experiences – what do you remember from that particular moment?
Luke 10:17, 21
1 Peter 1:8