Posts Tagged “joy”

Amazing Grace

I think I’m starting to see a pattern here. I’m really discovering a direct connection between two things in my life. But before I get to that, let me tell you a bit about my day.

Probably the highlight of the day was Parenting class – which is quite unusual considering how much I hate that class. It’s normally so boring and repetitive, but today was a different type of class. Instead of reading the book or taking up questions, we watched a taped episode of SuperNanny from last night. I must say, that was a very disturbing show.

I’ve never been the type of person to sit down and watch shows like that and Dr. Phil. To me, it seems like just a big money-making scam to exploit people and dysfunctional families to make a profit. That’s what most things seem to be these days – any way people can make a buck, they take it. I mean, I have nothing against Dr. Phil or Jo (SuperNanny) as people; I’m sure they have honest intentions and are truly trying to help people. It’s the media organizations that I can’t stand. Here are people, trying to get help, and the only way they can do that is to sell their personal life to millions of viewers on multinational television. They get the help for free, but with a catch – they have to give away all their rights to privacy and let millions of people have an in-depth peek into…Continue Reading

And Again I Say, Rejoice!

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Joy is a very strange thing. It comes out of a sense of fulfillment. Although dictionaries define it as great happiness, I feel that it is different from happiness. I’ve heard it defined that happiness is based on circumstances, whereas joy is not. That makes it an elusive topic to define. As best as I can describe, it’s a feeling of peace and fulfillment, even in the midst of turmoil or difficult situations.

The topic came up since I just finished reading Philippians to start off the inductive Bible study on Philippians and Colossians. As I pondered the purpose of the letter and the main message, joy was what came up. You see, it’s mainly a letter of encouragement to the Philippian church, written by Paul, and in it he describes what gives him joy. Here was Paul, thrown into prison for what he believed. I highly doubt that prisons back then were anything near what they are like now, with three meals a day and cable TV. They were more like a concrete room, dank and smelly, where you sat chained to a Roman soldier just in case you had any intentions of trying to get away. And he was in this prison for what he believed – it wasn’t because he did anything illegal or immoral, but rather because he didn’t worship the Roman emperor. That’s it. They threw him in there because he wouldn’t worship a person that would likely die in a few years anyway. Yet…Continue Reading