JOY IS A PRECIOUS CHRISTMAS GIFT
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth – Proverbs 15:23
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
– George Bernard Shaw
Christmas Recipe for JOY:
PRACTICE JOY – What you appreciate appreciates. Live appreciation by seeing the best in creation, people and life.
SPEAK JOY – The more you speak joy, the more you will have joy.
SING JOY – Happy people sing: in the shower, in the car, under their breath, in their head.
WHISTLE JOY – My uncle Walt was one of the happiest people I knew growing up. He whistles often.
HUM JOY – I don’t sing well but I can hum. Hum often, hum joy.
WATCH JOY – It’s everywhere: movies, Facebook, DVD’s,
IMITATE JOY – We all have joyful people in our past and present. Imitation is the highest form of praise.
Rejoice in the Lord. Again I say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to all. – Philippians 4:5