Saturday, August 10, 2013

#257 - How to Fill Up your "JOY TANK"

Eccl 2:26a - For to the person who pleases Him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy...
Prov. 31:18a - She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good...
Good Morning! :) And technically "WELCOME BACK!" (to both of us!) I'm excited about this next phase of my journey for consistent weekly blog posts, and I'm excited about you stopping back in again on a regular basis. It seems with kids come change, and changes of seasons. I think I may have come to the realization that there is always going to be something "new" to adjust to.... our upcoming "new" will be pre-school, then welcoming a new baby into the family come December. In the meantime, we are just going to ROLL with the calling God has on my life, which is to write. With that said.... let's begin...

Have you ever found yourself in a rut of a routine that has become mundane and unfulfilling? Maybe you go weeks, months, even years doing the same things, but instead of with a smile on your face while doing these activities, a somber expression is pasted there instead. When at one time you found daily joy in what you were doing, but somewhere along the way, the joy has disappeared.

In Ecclesiastes 2 verse 26, it talks about pleasing God. I'm sure if we got out a piece of paper and began to brain storm, we could come up with several ways to please God.... obedience, service, love, worship, studying His Word... the list would go on. I believe ONE way that we please God, is to be OBEDIENT to our calling, to be obedient to using the gifts He has given us. Proverbs 31:18 talks about the Proverbs 31 Woman seeing that her work with and for God is good. Her work, what she has done for God (which may include for God's people) is good. Our Proverbs 31 friend even "tastes," she "experiences" that her work has been good. Our Proverbs 31 friend sees that in her work, she has gain and has ADDED VALUE.

I believe from the moment in our life where we do not feel like we are adding value to others or making a difference in someone's life, we begin to lose some of our joy, some of our edge. Life begins to seem mundane and unfulfilling. When we are just going through the motions, not adding value our "joy levels" go down and down and down, until our "Joy Tank" is empty.

So... maybe it's time for you?? Maybe it's time for you to sit down and really reflect on your gifts or your calling. If I were a betting person, I would guess that when you are operating in your gift, it brings you joy. Maybe you LOVE to bake. I would guess, when you are baking, whether it be for your husband or a friend, I bet it brings you joy. Maybe for you it's writing? Or helping people put a wardrobe together that is trendy? Maybe it's painting? Working with kids? Doing yard work? What brings you joy?? How can you USE YOUR GIFT to ADD VALUE to others?

Take out a piece of paper. Brainstorm. How can you USE your gifts today? Tomorrow? This week? How can you use your gifts on a REGULAR BASIS? If you can answer that question for yourself, and APPLY the answer, watch your Joy Tank fill up! Each day, instead of walking in mundane activities, you will see a NEW YOU! You will see a YOU who is fulfilled again, who is finding JOY again, whose daily activities are producing a new excitement for life!

I would LOVE to hear from you, what is ONE thing you could do to INCREASE YOUR JOY TANK? Is it making cookies for a friend? Singing in your church choir? Let's increase our JOY by walking in the gifts & calling God has given us!


Jen Wood said...

Glad you're back! :) I've been reading over the last several posts ... such good words! This one hits me today! I've been struggling a lot lately with how my gift is really helping and adding value to people's lives. I need to brainstorm. I know that I know that I know God wants me to use it, I just sometimes have trouble seeing its real value!

Amy McCart said...

Thanks for the comment Jen! I'm not 100% sure on ur gift (though I know u are an amazing photographer!!!). If photography is your avenue, WOW! What a great way 2 bring joy to people! To capture memories for that family 2 have forever!! I know looking at pictures of my children not only brings me joy, but they remind me how precious time is & not 2 waste it! Pictures say so much! If that is an avenue for you, maybe it's a "family photo session scholarship" you give 2 a family that God lays on ur heart, or who can't afford pictures. Maybe it's donating the time of your skills to a church or organization? WHATEVER the gift, it DOES ABSOLUTELY have value! Especially for the person out there praying for it! Someone is praying for your gift 2 cross their path! As u seek God, I'm sure He'll give you direction on how to utilize your gift. Maybe it'll be an "Aaron" use of a gift, he was assigned to "one", Moses. Or maybe your gift will be a "Moses" gift, where he was assigned 2 lead thousands! Excited 2 hear an update at some point!! 😀

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