Looking for joy

You know the old phrase that says you get what you pay for. Long ago some Christian amended that proverb to this: you get what you pray for. I’d like to add a third: you find what you’re looking for.

If you have a basically pessimistic outlook on life, if you expect to be disappointed by people, encounter moral and ethical failures, run into financial hardships, and suffer rejection, you will find all those things. If on the other hand you choose an optimistic worldview, if you believe that Christ has risen, that all things are possible in him, that every day you will meet awesome people, that God’s help and support will keep coming from a variety of angles, that there is a solution for every problem, then that’s what you will experience.

Are you looking for joy? Do you believe that there still is goodness in the people God is sending into your life? “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7). That isn’t blind faith. It’s eyes-wide-open faith, because it’s not based on naïve and wishful thinking. It’s not a foolish projection of one’s own fantasy life. It’s based on God’s clear promise. Jesus’ resurrection made him a winner. Your faith in Jesus makes you a winner too.

Look for joy today and you will find it.

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.

 

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