Circles of joy
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
John 15:11 (NKJV)
My little dog delights in her daily excursion to the woods where she can run free, off the lead and safe from traffic and other dogs. Following the wander in the woods, we finish up in a nearby meadow. My dog is ecstatic – she runs like a greyhound in frantic circles and her doggie ‘laugh’ is clearly audible. No matter what my mood is, when I hear and see this level of happiness, I am compelled to giggle. Joy is contagious.
This is no new phenomenon; my dog has run in what I describe as circles of joy since she was a puppy and, not for the first time, my faithful pet has taught me a lesson. If I think of each day as a circle of 24 hours, it is a circle that I need to spread joy in. How can I do this? Spreading joy is not difficult and anyone can do it – no matter what mood we find ourselves in. We can give joy simply through a smile to a stranger or a ‘good morning’ to the person in the street or a ‘how’s your day’ to the shop assistant. A Christian needs to be sincere, and one of the trademarks of being a Christian is – joy: ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…’ (Galatians 5:22, NIV). And the Holy Spirit will guide and lead us in the spreading of His joy.
These gestures say to the recipient that they exist, that they matter. The world is full of people who have such low self-esteem – this sorry society has crushed them. To have someone say a bright ‘good morning’ may well make their day. Our loving Father wants us to extend His love to others. When he was on this earth Jesus had time for everyone, from tax collectors to critics and all in between. He shunned no one – they were all important to him.
Jesus has not changed – He still cares for everyone. Let’s make each 24-hour circle a joyous one for our fellow man and woman – those we come in contact with – let’s make their day!
Wonderful Father, thank you so much for the joy of your love – help us to extend it to others – we can only do this by your grace. Amen
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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