Each year I choose #oneword to set the tone for the new year. In the past I have chosen Determined, Grace, and my last word (in 2018) was Enough. Last year I may have been happy at times but Joy was lacking which made the whole year feel...
I didn't choose a word for 2019...it chose me...Meh.
2019 was full of lots of uncertainty in areas of my life that I felt defined me. I felt the weight of my work, my church, my finances, and my health. In many ways, I lost my smile and joy. Not this year. My One Word for 2020 is full of intention to find my Joy again!
Joy is mentioned over 200 times in the bible (at least in the NIV translation), many of them as “shouts of joy” or “sing for joy”! Some of my favorites include:
There’s another verse that resonated with me from John
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)
When you look at this verse, it refers to two separate joys. Jesus’ joy that is in us and then our joy. I knew immediately the later was a by-product of the first. So, therefore, I needed to focus on Jesus’ joy that is in me. He states in verse 11 that he has told us these things – basically all that precedes this verse, so that we may have his joy. The previous verses in ch 15 refer to the vine and the branches. This Blue Letter Bible commentary has an in-depth look at ch 15, but this explanation resonated with me:
The joy of Jesus is not the pleasure of a life of ease; it is the exhilaration of being right with God, and consciously walking in His love and care.
That is what I want for this year. I want to be right with God and walk in his love and care and in return experience only the joy that he himself can put in me. I want 2020 (and beyond) to be full of his joy for myself and for me to share that joy with others.
So how do I plan to live out JOY in 2020?
To get started, I have initiated a few cheesy things to get me going!
God has work to do in this heart of mine this year. May I learn how to truly live in HIS JOY.
Keeping it Techy,
Instructional Technology Coordinator by title but really just a teacher looking for a classroom to make a difference! Not only sharing EdTech tools, but sharing my thoughts, feelings and the great things happening in public education.
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