Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. — Mother Theresa
I love this quote from Mother Theresa because it shows that joy is about so much more than personal happiness. Having a life marked by joy doesn’t just benefit you; it impacts everyone around you. It’s a net of love that catches souls and changes lives.
We might be tempted to believe that it’s selfish to pursue joy. As moms, we are so used to giving selflessly and caring for those around us that we feel guilty for desiring something for ourselves, let alone spending time and energy on it.
But as I’m about to show you, the pursuit of joy is not at all a selfish endeavor. Its reach extends farther than we often even realize, and its effects are long-lasting.
No, friends, joy is not selfish, and it is something we should all be practicing and pursuing every day. And here are the seven main groups of people who will reap the benefits from it.
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7 PEOPLE WHO BENEFIT FROM YOUR JOY
We’ll get to the others soon enough, but I wanted to start here. The person who benefits most from joy in your life is YOU! And it’s not just a nice thought, it is actually God’s will for you. If it wasn’t, the Bible wouldn’t have verses like John 15:11 and Philippians 4:4.
What does joy do for you?
- It supports greater physical functioning.
- It improves mental and emotional health.
- It opens your heart to hear from the Lord.
- It nurtures positive relationships.
- It strengthens you for life’s challenges and makes them more bearable.
- It makes life a lot more fun!
You’re not the only one who benefits from your joy, however. Oh no, there is a spillover effect from it that impacts everyone around you, starting with those in your home. And the biggest beneficiary is your husband.
There is a lot of truth to the saying, “Happy wife, happy home.” A joy-filled wife is more fun, more peaceful, more vivacious, and more supportive. She is like a breath of fresh air after a long day’s work. She is content in life and looks forward to the future together. And bonus: she has more energy for evening activities. 😉
The next group of people who benefit from your joy is your children. And boy, do they! Our kids are like barometers for the emotional health of our home. They can sense whether we’re joy-filled or joy-less, and it affects them. It affects their mood, their emotional stability, and their outlook on life.
When we are lacking in joy, it usually causes us to be harsh, irritable, and short-tempered. We certainly do not exhibit the fruits of love, kindness, and patience. But when we are full of joy, those fruits bloom and flourish, on display for our children to experience and emulate.
But our joy doesn’t stop within the walls of our home. It’s tendrils stretch and grow outside of our home to touch everyone with whom we share life. Such as our friends.
Have you ever had a friend who was negative about everything? Did you ever notice how it made you more negative, as well? Spending time with a joyless friend can leave you feeling drained and depleted. It feels like someone has sucked the life right out of you.
Now think about your friends who are joy-filled people. How do you feel after spending time with them? I bet you feel uplifted and encouraged. They breathe life into your soul. They’re like buoys on the waters of life.
Do you have that picture in your mind? Now go and be that friend.
Further out yet in our sphere of influence are all the future moms who cross our paths. We don’t often think about our witness to this group of people, but we should. Our words, actions, and expressions about our lives make an impression. Whether we’re aware of it or not, they send a message about motherhood. And that message can either be that motherhood is a blessing or that it’s a burden. Don’t discount your influence. You will send a message — which one you send is up to you.
Next, we have the church. And our joy affects it in a number of ways.
Our personal joy is good for our church because it makes us more passionate members. It makes us more eager to contribute to the body, to reach out to others, and to spread the Gospel. It also makes us more effective witnesses for the abundant life of Jesus Christ.
But the effects of our joy on the church extend even beyond our personal impacts. Our joy-filled lives lead to stronger marriages. They also lead to stronger families. And strong marriages and families are the foundation of our local churches, as well as the body of believers at large.
Finally, our joy benefits all of society. We may each be a single person, but our reach is exponential. As we pursue joy, we infect those around us with joy. And those people touch the lives around them. And on and on it goes. Imagine the difference we could make in this world simply by pursuing joy. We could literally change the world.
I think you can now see that developing the joy in your life is not a selfish objective — it’s actually one of the most powerful, loving things you can do for everyone within your sphere of influence. And it could literally help change the world.
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