Dudes, I am posting sooooo late today! I am so sorry!
But I AM still posting, so I am still going strong on my #write31days challenge! wHOOp!
Today, I wanted to share with you what I believe to be the way to find true JOY!
It’s really very simple.
And it is found in Matthew 22…
36 The Pharisee asked, “Teacher, which command in the law is the most important?”
37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. 38 This is the first and most important command. 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ 40 All the law and the writings of the prophets depend on these two commands.”
My pastor summed up these verses by saying that Jesus was telling us to:
Adore God & Cherish People
Oh my gosh, how I love that.
Jesus said that was the GREATEST commandment! Love God more than anything, and Love People.
It made me think of the acronym that I was taught at church when I was a child….
True JOY comes from putting God first in our lives, others second, and ourselves last.
I know that God is supposed to be first in my life, and I try really hard to keep Him there, but man, I love mixing up the last two. I am guilty so many times of putting my own needs above the needs of others.
And you know what, usually when I am focusing on myself is usually when I am the most miserable, ya know? When I throw myself a pity party about what I don’t have, or can’t do, or wish I could be….just thinking of myself. I get really depressed. And the best way for me to cure that type of depression is to stop thinking about myself and start thinking of others. It works EVERY time.
Jesus gave us those two commands… side by side…because He knows what will bring us the most JOY. He knows that when we ADORE GOD and CHERISH PEOPLE our lives will be filled with JOY.
So as we go through this coming week, let that be our prayer.
“Lord, help us to LOVE YOU above all things, and help us to LOVE OTHERS. May we share with them the indescribable love that you have freely given us.”