Are You Filled With Light & Joy?

"The life of the godly is full of light and joy,but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out."  Proverbs 13:9 NLT

"The life of the godly is full of light and joy". Making a difference in the lives of others.  Is that you? Do others see a difference in you? Be honest.

Often times in conversation, I will hear the words, "I just hope that others see a difference in me, and then will ask me why."Many of you have likely heard those same words or maybe even said them yourself. But does the reality match the desire? Sadly, for some it does not.  But for many, they do have that certain "spark" that draws others in.  The author describes that "spark" as light and joy in this passage. Light and joy that truly makes a difference in the lives of others. I enjoy this particular translation because it makes the distinction of light and joy, two elements each with its own purpose.

Light is used for illumination. When light shines from our lives, it impacts those around us. Others can see things a little clearer, darkness fades away and like the dawn of a new day, the light brings comfort for today and hope for a future. That light might shine through conversation, actions, or love that is poured out.

Joy is something that is observable. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength.(Neh 8:10) Joy is the display of contentment and salubrity regardless of the circumstances. Joy is something we all desire, and are drawn to those who have it.  And those who have it can't help but show it.

Referring back to that certain spark, it could be said that light shines and joy glows.  Light is external, joy is internal, but both come from a source that is eternal.  Warren Wiersbe says that we are not manufacturers, we are just distributors.  It is the Lord that is the eternal power source. Light and joy are not to be contained, they are to be distributed.

Tying this into the Seeds to Life message. The gifts, talents and abilities that we have been given need to be distributed.  To a certain degree part of our light that shines into the world is expressing those gifts that God has given us, and part of the joy we have comes from using what we have been given. Truett Cathy suggested that joy comes, not by getting, but by giving away.

"Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else - our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I didn't expect anything else in return."

Are you filled with light and joy? If not maybe it's time for change of activity, or a change of perspective.

Praying for you this week that you would be full of light and joy.

In His Hands,

John

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