Greetings! While we may not find much happiness with the pandemic we are faced with, the key to remember is that happiness is but a moment, where JOY lasts for an eternity. You see, joy is an inside job, it's remembering where you were when Jesus snatched you from your pitiful existence and planted your feet on the solid rock you stand today.
Happiness, on the other hand, are moments in our memories that we often forget when we are faced with a crisis, even sickness and death. One author sums it up quite nicely:
"It is a natural human inclination to think that living through trials and negative circumstances would not be an occasion for joy. Choosing to respond to life’s difficult situations with inner contentment and satisfaction doesn’t seem to make sense. Yet, the believer can experience genuine joy to the fullest by taking the initiative to actively consider all that God is doing and that He has a definite purpose in mind for His people. Joy is a choice! But it does come from the Lord — and He alone is the originator of true joy."
So, to celebrate this WINS-day, I want you to choose joy! Why? If you think about what Christ faced thousand of years ago when people loved Him one minute (Hosanna!) and cursed Him the next (crucify), we must believe that He understood where His joy came from ... trusting and believing that even though He would die for the sinners of this world, on a hill far away, God would raise Him up to be seated at His right hand. If that's not enough to shout for joy, then you're not choosing to have faith in the originator of true joy.
These are uncertain times, but God still has the plan and "definite purpose" for our lives. Our faith is at test in this current-day pandemic. Be a WINNER by running the race set before you ... wear the masks, wipe down the surfaces, pray for yourself and each other before every encounter, after every encounter, and mediate on what David says in Psalm 27:13-14 NKJV: "I would have lost heart, unless I had believe that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord."
Be well. Be safe. Choose joy!
Rev. Renee Hollinshed