May. 22, 2009 Our Life

What's on your Joy list?

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. —John 15:11  
Yesterday in a meeting, one of my friends brought a pretty powerful devotional to share with others and I wanted to share it with you.  
Writer C. W. Metcalf was working as a hospice volunteer when he met 13-year-old Chuck, who was terminally ill. One day Chuck gave Metcalf half a dozen sheets of paper with writing on both sides and said, "I want you to give this to my mom and dad after I die. It's a list of all the fun we had, all the times we laughed." Metcalf was amazed that this young boy on the verge of death was thinking about the well-being of others. Metcalf delivered the list. Years later he decided to make a list of his own. Surprisingly, he found it difficult at first to compile his "joy list." But as he began looking each day for the moments of laughter, satisfaction, and joy, his list began to grow. Any joy list that we compile will no doubt include many references to the presence and power of Jesus Christ. No matter what our circumstances, joy is His gracious gift to all who trust Him. Even as Jesus faced the cross, He looked beyond its agony to the glad result of His sacrifice.  
He told His disciples, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:11). 
Why not begin your own joy list today. It can be a good reminder of the Lord's faithful love and the gladness of heart He brings. — David C. McCasland 
Because life's circumstances change, 
Our happiness may not remain; 
But if we're walking with the Lord, 
Our inner joy He will sustain. 
To multiply your joy, count your blessings. 
So, we went around the room and shared the top two things that would be on our Joy List.  
One of the things on my Joy list is being thankful for my eyesight and for using my eyes to see life through my lens, and then capturing life for my clients, friends and family. This gift that HE has given to me, I try not to take for granted. And for that, I have true Joy in my life. 
What is on your Joy list?  
And because a blog post is much better with a picture, I leave you with a picture we took of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington D.C.  
*Thank you to all of the men and women who have served our great nation in the line of duty. Including my husband!  
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
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