The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7)
I don't want to be happy. Happiness comes and goes. Joy, on the other hand, is permanent. It's not based on external circumstances. This joy that I have is solid as a rock because it is built on the rock of Jesus Christ. As the song says, the world didn't give and the world can't take it away.
The world sure will try to steal your joy. People bring mess to you and unnecessary drama, as if your joy or walk in Christ is determined by that nonsense. There was a time when I would listen to doubters, haters, pretenders, gossipers, liars, cheaters, and deceivers. Until one day I decided NO MORE. I don't have time to hear it. And I am not gonna let anyone steal my joy.
The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10), and I need my strength because I am on assignment. Folks who aren't on assignment don't need joy or strength. They just need people to entertain their foolishness. If you have lost your joy, then it is time to get it back. Join me for "Your Bedtime Blessing" Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. EST. on Blog Talk Radio. Receive the encouragement you need to get and keep your joy.