Joel Osteen Daily Devotional: With Joy
Today’s Scripture: Acts 20:24, NKJV – But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy…
Today’s Word: Sometimes we think that the older we get, the more somber we should be and the less fun we should have. It’s easy to let the pressures of life squeeze the joy away. If our life becomes all work, all responsibilities, all stress, and all dealing with problems, that’s going to weigh you down, which is not God’s plan. He created you with a sense of humor. You were made to laugh and have fun, to be responsible and good natured at the same time. Don’t let yourself get sour and grumpy.
The apostle Paul made it his goal to finish his race “with joy.” If you don’t have joy, if you’re not good natured, if you don’t laugh regularly, you’re not going to finish your life the way God wants you to. Just because your physical body gets older doesn’t mean your attitude has to get old because your spirit person, the real you inside, is ageless. You’re going to live forever. Make up your mind to stay full of joy.
Prayer for Today: Father, thank You that You created me with a sense of humor and with a way to release some of the stress I feel through laughter. Thank You that the real me inside is ageless and can rise above the pressures of life. Help me to walk in the fullness of Your joy today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.