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Squeeze More Joy Out of Every Day

Joy Circumstances Happiness

Source: Time Magazine

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: John 15:11

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

Time magazine ran an article recently titled “14 Ways to Squeeze More Joy Out of Every Day."  The author, Ellen Seidman,  began: "Sometime this morning, during your shower or at work, you probably did a mental run-through of your day. You decided when you’d tackle various tasks and errands. Perhaps you vowed to hit the gym at lunchtime. Maybe you plotted to get out of something (apologies, PTA meeting). The one thing you forgot to plan for: happiness.”

The author then gives a list of 14 ways to be happy suggested by Barbara Fredrickson, a social psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The list, among other things, includes the following suggestions about how to be happy:  Make happiness your goal, know what makes you happy, prioritize it, think happy thoughts, and make Sunday future-fun day (make plans for the next weekend).

APPLICATION

A man, living in the third century, was dying when he wrote these last words to a friend: "It's a bad world, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. They are truly a joyful people. These people are the Christians ... and I am one of them" (Riding the Joy Train by Wanda Jo Pence, p.18).

We who are Christians, followers of Christ, have learned a great secret: Jesus is the reason for the joy of joys. His presence in our life and the promise of eternal life in heaven with Him brings a transcendent joy to any set of circumstances.

If you want to squeeze more joy out of everyday life, fit more of Jesus into it!

Jesus said, "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:11). 

Happy Birthday Pothole!

Trials Joy Attitude

Source: “Man throws birthday party for pothole, convinces city to repair road,” by Chloe Bryan, MASHABLE.COM, 04/27/2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-20

Scripture: James 1:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Chloe Bryan with MASHABLE.COM reports: 

Jackson, Mississippi resident Eddie Prosser was tired of the pothole that had graced his neighborhood for a year, unfixed. So he got the city's attention — by throwing the pothole a birthday party.

The delightful display features a festive birthday balloon as well as a giant birthday card reading "Happy birthday, Pothole!" in beautiful script.

To drive the point home, the sign also says "I've been here for over a year!"

Prosser told WJTV News that although the sign was intended as a joke, he really was frustrated with the city's lack of action.

Finally, after local news outlets reported on the pothole party, the city fixed it. 

APPLICATION

Celebrating a pothole is a strange way to address the problem, but in the case of Eddie Prosser, it was the change of attitude that finally worked. 

Is it time for a change of attitude toward the potholes in your life? Instead of sitting around resenting your troubles, maybe it’s time to take a different tactic.  The Bible encourages us to follow Mr. Prosser's example when it says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2, ESV).

Maybe it's time to stop griping, and throw a party instead. 

Unmixed Devotion

Joy Compromise (Convictions) Carnality

Source: Youtube

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Contributed By: Matt Guldi | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: Romans 8:6 ; 1 Corinthians 10:21

Author: Francis Chan
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ILLUSTRATION

Many people love Jesus but they also love the sin of the world. Because they dabble in both, they are miserable. It's like loving lemonade and frappuccino and drinking from both instead of one or the other. It will make you sick. Loving the world and loving God will make you miserable.

APPLICATION

Some drinks can be mixed, just as some interests can compliment one another. But some mixtures are so contradictory that to mix them is to create something that's noxious. The interests of the world and the interests of God can't be mixed.

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too ..." (1 Corinthians 10:21).

"So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace" (Romans 8:6, NLT).

Man Interrupts His Own Memorial

Easter Resurrection Joy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-28

Scripture: Romans 8:21 ; 1 Peter 3:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Super Man Saves The Family House

Joy Salvation Christmas

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-12

Scripture: Luke 2:10

Author: RAY SANCHEZ / Illustration Exchange
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Working For The Man

Work Joy Servanthood

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-16

Scripture: Colossians 3:17 ; Psalms 16:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Lent Our Exodus From Winter

Lent Hope Joy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-10

Scripture: Isaiah 60:3

Author: Lt. Baron Miller
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Auschwitz Survivor Dances Upon the Platform of Her Sorrows

Joy Trials Sorrow

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-16

Scripture: James 1:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Joy of Grandparenthood

God's Promises Joy Parenting

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-12-18

Scripture: Psalms 16:11 ; 2 Corinthians 1:20

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Don't Let Anyone Steal Your Joy

Christmas Joy Perseverance

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2014-12-17

Scripture: Psalms 126:5

Author: Fred Gates
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