Thursday, December 25, 2014


Dear Christa—
Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, clicked the heels of her ruby red slippers and said, “There’s no place like home.”
As I pulled off my boot last night, out tumbled the puzzle piece that Jay and I had searched through 999 puzzle pieces to find.
Often, what we seek most is what we’ve already put our feet into.
As Mark preached on joy yesterday morning, it seemed to me that it really just shakes out to one word—contentment.
Why is it so easy to search for joy in all the wrong places?
We tend to think it lies across the street or in the next county or country. If only we had a different job, a different house, a different body, a different spouse—when all along we are dissatisfied with the choices we have made and the path God has planted us on.
Years ago I read a book titled Happiness is a Choice. I read it at a time that was very difficult. I didn’t have a job; there wasn’t enough money; and relationships were tense. All these years later, I don’t remember the specifics inside the cover, but I’ve always remembered the title.
Joy is not found in jobs, houses, money, or people. Mel has said that the happiest people she has ever known were the orphan children she met in the Dominican Republic on a missions trip with Heidi.
As Mark said yesterday, “When you pursue your own joy, you lose it.” And, “Abiding in Jesus is the restoration of fulfillment and fruitfulness.”
Real joy is found in a Savior who is only a breath away. I’m praying for a specific person to find Him this Christmas season. I’m praying she’ll look at her feet and discover that she has been standing in joy all along.
—the parishioner who doesn’t do anything

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