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Special Joy

Who would have ever thunk it – I began my new school year teaching a 10th grade English class at 8:00AM this morning and left that class with a smile on my face and joy in my heart.  I commented to a colleague that this is what God meant for me to do.  She agreed that it had to be a confirmation from God.  Isn’t it amazing how God can give us such joy over the seemingly silliest things?  He has indeed gifted us in different ways and in different areas.  Trust me, had I been walking out of a physics class this morning, I would have been anything but joyful.  However, I do know a few folks who actually think physics is fun.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.  To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge.  The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick.  He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.  It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” I Cor. 12:7-11
Does God not know what His purpose is for each of our lives?  He affirms our purposes by filling our spirits with joy when we are doing what He has called us to do.  He made each of us who we are for a reason.  We all have a purpose to fulfill and a part to play in His grand scheme of things.
If you spend time, effort, money, or energy doing something that does not bring joy to your soul, perhaps you need to seek God.  Ask Him if you are fulfilling the purpose He has for you.  Maybe He has something entirely different in mind for you.  Think about that dream that keeps coming back to your heart or that nagging “if only” that keeps interrupting your thoughts – maybe it’s God trying to get your attention.
What is it that truly gives you joy?  “Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian there is, I was chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.” Eph. 3:8 This is Paul talking to the Ephesians saying that even he was chosen for a special joy.  We have all been chosen for a special joy.  It may take seeking God, spending time in meditation, trying some different things, and getting out of our comfort zones; but we each have a special joy waiting for us.
  May every child of God find and walk in his own special joy that God has for him.

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