Rather like a tiny mustard seed of faith, joy is also a seed we nurture within, water with God’s word and encourage to flourish and grow.
Joy takes root in all of God’s children, swells best in thankful hearts and expands exponentially the more we share it, thus sowing seeds in the lives of others.
Though we need to hold on to joy, especially during tough times, we’re not meant to carefully horde our joy, but spend it freely, give lavishly and liberally just as God gives to us.
We bear the mark of Christ in our hearts, because His footprints are found within every believer. We also bear His seeds of love, hope, joy, mercy and compassion. Each day provides fresh opportunity to release those seeds into society.
What can stop us is our perceived unworthiness, or living with a scarcity mentally where we fear losing the good things God has already given us.
The good news is that there is plenty to go around, an abundance, in fact. God is no man or woman’s debtor. He is a faithful, loving, giving, generous God and our lives are meant to mirror His character.
And here’s the thing – joy given away is joy multiplied. We actually experience an increase each time we give our joy away to others. How good is that?!
Let me scatter joy seeds
fling them wide from my fingers
spread arms in a cruciform shape
reach out to the edge of existence
heedless of the direction they take
May I be profligate
with them, not counting
the cost of giving, but
losing myself in mercy
because joy is never lost
Maybe something will take root
rise up strong in future days
and new life produce shoots
as it pushes through dark
soil, rising with sun’s rays
Maybe all it takes is hope
wrapped up in a prayer
as I liberally sprinkle
seeds of joy everywhere
Welcome to #day27 of #write31days of journeying into joy – I can barely believe we are nearly through this series! Thank you SO much for joining me.
I hope and pray you are taking something positive and encouraging out of these posts and I’d love to know how they are speaking to you. Thank you .