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The Power of Joy
(By Thomas N. Hopper - unity.org/article/power-joy)
What is joy?
We find joy in happy experiences and in our relationships with our loved ones. But joy is a deeper thing than just the result of happy circumstances. If it were only such a result, there would be times, many times, when we could not have joy; and in Truth, joy is always ours.
Joy is a by-product of serving others, of sharing good. Joy is not a result; it is a cause. Yes it can happen to us, but we can also make it happen.
Joy is a spiritual principle that we can lay hold of and use. If things aren't what we wish, we can improve them by using the principle of spiritual joy.
Joy is a good influence in any situation, and there are many ways we can express joy—with positive thoughts, pleasant words, a smile, even by using our sense of humor. …
As Nehemiah said, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10), because joy in our inward being irresistibly calls forth joy in the outer world.
We cannot wait for circumstances to bring us joy; we must make our own joy and let it act upon circumstances.
How to cultivate more joy in our lives?
1. We must realize that God is the source of our joy, the only source.
2. We must be poised and centered in the Christ mind to use the power of joy.
3. Being centered in the Christ mind, we can speak the word and do that which is needed to bring forth joy.
4. Count your blessings and give thanks for them.
Today I Choose Joy!