Thursday, January 15, 2015

Do You Know Where To Go To Find Joy?

They have knocked on the door. 
They even moved in and resided. 
No rent paid. 
Demanding; always asking for more. 
The heaviness of loss always present. 
Always before you. 
Reminders in every corner; at every turn. 
A history. 
Part of you- 


Yet, deep inside there is a joy. 
A joy that can never be taken. 
It is seen in the faces of many who have experienced much
more heartache than we could ever imagine. 
It is in the faces of those that call Haiti their home. 

It can't be bought. 
It has to be sought. 
With all your being. 
A life walking the path surrendered to the King of Kings.
It is a matter of the heart.
Really, it all comes down to the heart.
Are you unyielding, demanding and selfish?
Our needs are so important.
So much so that we often neglect others.
Our hearts; focused inward.
And we're wasting away.
We sacrifice much, when decisions are made based on what we feel. 
Yet when you give out of your brokenness.
When you give out of nothing.
Touching down in the places where the destitute reside.
The heart.
It is changed.

What motivates you?
Where in your being do you know joy?
In letting go of all that you know, giving all your fears and hopes over to the One who breathed  into our lifeless form, there you will discover the truth.
When there is nothing.
When all you see is hopeless.
That is where the joy begins.

I Corinthians 13:4-6
 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.(emphasis mine)

The questions beg to be asked,

What do you have to give?  

Where will you go to find Joy? 

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