Have you ever noticed that your mood can affect your outlook on your life? Personally, when I wake up in a bad mood, nothing seems to go right for a good portion of my day. If I begin my day in a cheerful manner – then anything that comes my way is ok – I can handle it. God wants us to experience joy. Did you know that the word ‘JOY” is in the Bible 172 times, and 8 times in John! Psalm 100:2 says Serve the Lord with gladness”. Deuteronomy 28:47-48 says that when the people did not serve the Lord joyfully and with gladness, He caused them to serve their enemies instead. Of course we don’t want that! The Lord desires for us to serve him with joy and in return He gives us His Holy Spirit as our source of joy. A joy filled believer is a hardship on the Devil – how cool is that? Today, even if your day hasn’t started the way you would have wanted it to – ask God to fill you with joy and to change your outlook. God loves you so much that he even cares what kind of day you are having. John 15:11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
– Patrick Quinn