Heart Shows Up on Your Face
"Countenance is a press conference that your face calls to give the state of union of your soul." --Dudley Hall
Joy in Spite of Circumstances"Joy in this world is always joy 'in spite of' something." --John Ortberg, The Life You've Always Wanted, 1997, p. 73.
Dog Playing Cards
A man walked by a table in a hotel and noticed three men and a dog playing cards. The dog appeared to be winning.
"That must be a very smart dog," the man commented.
"He ain't so smart," said one of the players. "Every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail!"
When we have joy in our hearts, it will be obvious to everyone! "A joyful heart makes a cheerful face" (Prov. 15:13) --Kent Crockett
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Selling Your Joy
One day my wife, Cindy, refueled our car at a filling station in a
That extra fifty cents per gallon surely has to be a violation of some federal law, I thought. I quickly calculated that the extra seven dollars she spent on full-service would have taken our vehicle 128.33 miles farther down the road if she had bought self-service gas. The “full-service gas station robbery” had me fuming for several hours.
As I was mulling over this terrible injustice, God showed me what I had done. I had sold my joy for seven dollars! I never realized how cheaply I would surrender something so valuable. Just as Esau exchanged his birthright for a bowl of soup, I exchanged my joy for seven dollars’ worth of gas.
At what price are you willing to sell your joy?
(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint,
Enjoy the Moment!
One day I was driving my car on a rural highway in
Enjoy the moment? What was there to enjoy?
I then realized that joy is a decision that I make. I need to take pleasure in every minute of life, not just the exciting times. God wants us to draw joy from every moment, every circumstance.
Enjoy your fellowship with others. Enjoy spending time with your family. Savor the moments. If you don’t, the life that God wants you to enjoy will pass you by, just like those telephone poles.(Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, pp. 162-163)
Theology and Joy
"I don't trust the theology of any person who doesn't laugh." --Elton Trueblood