The Secret of Joy

(in)courage | 1/24/2019 | Staff
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I remember being a young employee called into my boss’s office, worried I had messed up. I sat down in front of his large executive desk as he closed the door. I was frantically going through my memory to find anything I could have done wrong.

As he sat down in his leather chair, he asked me in all seriousness, “Why are you so happy all the time?”

Taken - Aback

Taken aback, I wasn’t even sure what he had just asked me.

“Happy all the time?” I asked.

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“Yes,” he said a little frustrated with me. “You always have a smile on your face and seem happy no matter what happens. How do you do that?”

I knew my boss struggled with “down” days. He had grown up in a very religious home based on works. He tried to be kind to those he led and to love others. But he never acted like he enjoyed his life or was very happy.

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I had prayed for over a year for him to have a real relationship with Jesus, to know he was unconditionally loved and to feel free to be happy without the guilt. Here was my open door to share the “secret of my joy.” We had a surprising conversation about my faith in Jesus and what He did for me every day.

If I hadn’t allowed the joy in my life to spread to my face, would my boss have asked me about my heart? A smile is vulnerable and makes others wonder about the Jesus you long to share.

Way - Life - Jesus - Adventure - Religion

I wonder if the way we live makes a life with Jesus look like a joyous adventure or an unhappy religion?

Sometimes those I encounter that don’t have a saving relationship with Jesus seem happier than those of us that do. That doesn’t seem the way God intended us...
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