DayBreaks for 09/30/13 – Desperate for Joy

DayBreaks for 09/30/13 – Desperate for Joy

Psalm 9:2 (NLT)  I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

“Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a mirror that makes a person appear happy even when not. A built-in camera tracks facial features in real time, then tweaks the image to turn up the corners of the mouth and to create the beginnings of a smile in the eyes. Of what practical use would such a mirror be? Other Japanese researchers, according to a Slate.com report in August, believe that happy-face mirrors in retail stores would improve
shoppers’ dispositions and lead to more sales.” [Slate.com, 8-7-2013]

Have we become so disheartened that we need mirrors to make it appear that we smile when inside we are groaning and filled with pain?  It would appear so.  Ah, the lies we tell ourselves!

Imagine going into a store and trying on a suit or a dress and then you go look at yourself in the mirror to see if you like how you look.  Now imagine that when you see your reflection, you think to yourself, “I look hideous in this!”, but your face in the mirror is smiling at you! 

Pain is real.  Our world is so desperate for joy.  In just this past 10 days, we’ve seen shopping malls invaded by gunmen in Kenya, two men in suicide vests who blew themselves up in a crowded churchyard in northern Pakistan, terrorists in Nigeria who entered dorms of sleeping university students and killed young men and women as they slept, and again, another bombing just today in Pakistan.  I can  understand the temptation to not turn on the TV or look at the news. 

But you know, all that does is keep us living in a fantasy world of our own choosing rather than the real world in which we live.  It doesn’t stop the pain from existing in the world.  It may keep us from knowing about it, but isn’t that a bit like looking into a mirror at a false image? 

Joy.  Where does it come from?  It doesn’t come from burying our heads in the sand.  Jesus didn’t hide himself from the pain of the world – he took it on and worked to bring joy to this broken place.  We are called to do the same.  As today’s verse reminds us – we are to be filled with joy because of Him!

Do you wish you lived in a more joyful world?  Start with where you are.  Be joyful.  And joy will spread out like ripples on a pond!

Neh. 8:10 – “…the joy of the Lord is my strength!

PRAYER: Lord, there is a great witness to the world today when Your people are filled with joy!  May we reflect the joy that only comes from you everywhere we go.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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3 thoughts on “DayBreaks for 09/30/13 – Desperate for Joy

  1. That was so nice to hear this morning as I am facing many things in my own mirror but it is not fantasy it is reality and that alone keeps me from smiling but when I hear others like you with encouragement in the Lord it makes my day and I can smile, I know it takes more muscles to smile then anything you can do but it is healthy and helps others in their daily walk. Life for many stinks on toast, but if we keep praying and smiling and asking with total belief in what we ask, then perhaps these miracles and promises in the bible will be the realest image to all of us!!We shall endure, We shall encourage, We shall not faint, We shall not give into the devils powers because if God be for us who can be against us!!
    We are His people and we are His light in the darkest place so we must keep our beacons lite and go-ye shoes on with the full Armour of God to fight all the wiles of the devil.Even to death we must stand on His word.:)

  2. Good for you! Stand strong and keep on moving onward and upward! One thing: it actually takes less muscles to smile than to frown! Google it and you’ll find that it is true! While the exact number of muscles is debatable, it is not debatable that frowning takes a lot more muscles than smiling! So, we all should make life a bit easier by smiling!!!!! Have a good day!

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