Today, I want to focus on the true Joy that comes from the Lord. Sometimes, people think that they can find true joy in amassing wealth or possessions for themselves, getting a great job, being “popular”, having many so-called friends, or even by having a “significant other/spouse”. The thing is, even if someone were to be in possession of such things, it does not guarantee that the void that they feel in their heart will be easily satisfied.
Have you ever met a person that smiles with their mouth but doesn’t smile with their eyes? It’s a forced smile because when you look into their eyes, you can see that their hurting/ feeling depressed/ angry/ and/or devoid of true joy. In order to minister effectively to such a person, you have to call out what it is that you are seeing in their eyes because the eyes are the windows to the soul.
Sometimes such people think that if they are simply surrounded by a whole bunch of people, that the pain that they feel inside of themselves will simply go away, but they don’t realize that even in the midst of a crowd, you can still feel lonely in your own pain and anguish. People cannot fill the void; however, having said that though, they can help you find what it is that you are truly looking for which is true contentment, inner peace and joy that I believe can only be found in God (Jesus Christ). If you are feeling this type of pain, have the courage to reach out to other people who can help you through whatever it is that you’re going through. Do not work in isolation, learn to reach out to others when you are feeling this way. Take some steps of courage and seek out all the help that you can get. If you are in need of prayer you can always contact me by commenting on this blog post below, however, I encourage you to seek help where ever it is that you live.
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
I remember when I was going to the International School of Beijing (ISB) that the kids in that school came from well-to-do families but many of them were pretentious in terms of their characters and attitudes. Not all of them were happy and some of them felt the need to be in certain “cliques” to feel included and happy to the extent that they had to change their appearance from the way that they dressed and acted just in order to “fit in”. Even after joining some of these cliques/ popular groups, their personalities changed dramatically to become cold to those they used to once associate themselves with because now they were part of the “in-crowd” or the “cool” group of kids.
I always found it fascinating how people can change just because they have a void in their heart and they think that being with certain types of people can satisfy that void. I remember a time when some of my so-called friends left me to join these popular social circles, that they thought I would follow suit and become just like them who wanted to be in the “in-crowd”. I at that time, thankfully was saved in China, had found God at that time when all this craziness was going on and had found inner-peace to a degree that I could even hang out by myself and be satisfied being alone. I was not enticed to join a crowd of people that did things that went against my belief-system since some of these social circles did drink, do drugs, had sex etc etc etc. Why should I change myself just in order to fit in? I don’t think sooooo. Rather, it was better for me that I found inner peace by finding God at the time that I did, otherwise I could have been swept up by the current of peer-pressure had I succumbed to the negative influences that were around me at this school.
I remember playing in the playground by myself with my twin sister and I remember feeling very content with my being alone at that time. Somehow, it was refreshing in a weird way because I felt no pressure to be something or someone else, all I had to do was be myself and enjoy being myself. Eventually, people similar to me gravitated towards me and I had gained new relationships at that school that were wholesome and tended to be Christian students that shared the same belief system as I did, who no longer wanted to be a part of the so-called inner circles of mediocrity that were existent at that time. They became my close friends who didn’t succumb to peer pressure and followed me because I refused to change my standards just for the sake of popularity.
You cannot afford to be mediocre in the choices that you make in your life concerning who you will hang out with, what activities you choose to partake in and what type of person you will choose to become. Be a person filled with integrity, be a person who has and will always uphold Godly standards of behaviour as a way of life, be a person that isn’t so easily led astray and tossed about by the current winds of peer pressure, be a person that is like a beacon of light that can guide others who are lost in the right direction.
If we are truly “Christians” as we so claim, our lives should reflect and direct others in the right direction through our conduct, speech and lifestyle. So for today, if you are feeling depressed or are somewhat feeling numb inside because you feel “lonely” or are in great emotional pain, then my suggestion to you is to seek help from people who have a strong moral compass that can guide you and/or counsel you in the right direction. Pray to God to help you fill your heart with inner joy, peace and strength and ask Him to bless you with the right people to come into your life at the right time who can strengthen your walk with God and build up your self-esteem. If you ask in prayer, God will surely answer to your need. It takes courage to reach out to someone, so do it anyway because working out your feelings in isolation won’t help you. Take a step of faith and reach out to someone that is willing to listen to your broken heart and pray to God to help you find the right people to enter into your life that can help build you and strengthen you, Amen! If you are in need of prayer, you can always contact me by commenting on my post. I pray that this post blesses your spirit today.
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
[ Confidence and Compassion in Prayer ] Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
I have a song here by Jeremy Camp called Word of Life. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God bless you everybody! 😀