Summer Reflection 2: Joy

Another idea I have been reflecting on is the idea of Joy! Scripture describes Joy as one of the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 reads: “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Joy should not be confused with happiness for happiness will fade over time. Joy is an inner strength in the heart of every believer. As Christians, we are called to share Joy with the world. But too often Christians spread anything but Joy in this world. Joy is simple; it disarms boundaries, creates love, and brings others together. This summer, while spending three hours waiting in the airport for a flight, I saw the power of Joy. One of my leaders pulled out a balloon and my youth group kids starting playing balloon volleyball. The students (24 in total) were sitting across from each other playing, but within a few minutes other rows of people had joined in the game. People talking on cell phones would take a break to return the balloon, families with young children joined in to play. While playing balloon volleyball didn’t change anyone’s life, we did leave a few families with a memory and we did spread some Joy in a very stressful environment. You can check out part of the video on my facebook….

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