Good Day God!
I’ve just discovered the JOY of writing with a brush! I’m not doing calligraphy . . . it is just that I am better able to express my feelings with a brush as I journal. And because I’m enjoying the basic act of writing more — I am enjoying journaling more — and doing more of it.
Imagine, God! I just change from a sharpie pen to a brush and my behavior changed. Such a small step. And I am looking for more of those small steps that shift my behavior. One such small step is writing a poem (blank verse, of course) after I do my Centering Prayer. Bingo! I love doing the poem and now I am Centering daily and aiming for twice a day.
Apparently, God, just introducing a small dollop of Joy into an act will double or triple how often I do it. Joy! Who knew? I guess I have been trying to change my behavior by Mind Power and Will Power. What weak creatures they are compared to JOY!
But it seems to me that Your church pushes the use of Will Power and has left the enticement of Joy to the “Other Side”.
How foolish of us.
Galations 5:22-23 says very clearly that: the fruit of Your Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And I cannot understand why we who believe in You do not offer to others MORE JOY . . . The Joy that comes from feeling that life is meaningful and from being/feeling connected with You.