The Joy in the Journey.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.
1 John 1
I think God wants to have fun when we work within the body of Christ. Not just wallow in the world. When we rejoice with the fellowship of believers, we affirm our faith and function in this world.
It IS possible to be a Christian and have fun. Not every down turn in fortune has to be a bad thing. Sometimes God really does shut a door for something better to happen. Life can be hard, no doubt about it. But it can also be fabulous and fun and inexhaustibly good. Why can’t we, as Christians, enjoy ourselves for a while? If we are so busy being pious and stern, we miss the overwhelming abundance of joy that God has given us. We don’t have to lose our since of humor when we start walking God’s path. There is too much good to dwell on the bad.
How much harder is it to attract others to our faith when we look like pinched, pained people? Our joy in the Holy Spirit should be manifest in our daily lives. That doesn’t mean that we are belching rainbows and whistling Dixie every moment. It simply means that even in the bad we experience the unexplainable joy that can only come from Christ.
When I am having a bad day, I have two choices. To stagger under the weight of my worries, or rejoice in the light of the Lord. Rejoicing is so much easier when I am surrounded by other believers. When we lift each other up, we strike at the darkness that keeps us from experiencing the fullness of Christ.
Life involves tears. Life involves pain. But Life is good. And it is better with the camaraderie that comes with sharing your life with likeminded friends in faith.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.