“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” — Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
Take the Challenge & Share
Great examples of living with joy – and sharing it with others – often come from our pets! What are the things your pet teaches you about joy? Take the challenge below and let us know:
Make a fun video about joy co-starring your pet! Share it on social media and make sure to tag @BringYourBible on Facebook and Instagram!
In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul emphasizes the truth that joy is ultimately found when Christ is proclaimed in any and every circumstance. Huh? Doesn’t that seem opposite of what we usually think about joy?
Although happiness and joy can be present at the same time, happiness is based on material things or events. Joy, on the other hand, is from God and runs deeper — it can be present even during unhappy times. Do you have God’s joy?
The responsibilities of parenthood can tempt us to keep focused on the serious side of life and forget that God gave us joy to help us thrive in the midst of struggles. As parents, we can intentionally model how to enjoy life, whatever the day brings.
Pastor Tim McConnell explains how Christians can find greater joy in life and share that joy with others – especially non-believers in a discussion based on his book Happy Church: Pursuing Radical Joy as the People of God.
Brandon’s medical chart reads like an encyclopedia. Many mornings as a child he’d wake up in the hospital. But anyone who met Brandon didn’t immediately notice what was wrong with him, because what’s right stood out even more.