September 23, 2018

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: The Joy Of...

Though the stereotype of the angsty & angry artist is still considered canon, I dare say that it represents only a small number of people.  Most artists have a deep felt joy for their creative pursuits. They are excited to explore ideas, experiment with media, pursue opportunities for sharing their work, and a number of other things involving their interests in the arts.  When one is so deeply immersed in their passion, it cannot be contained.  It impacts every area of their life.  It can't help but spill over. They share it with friends.  They share it with family.  They share it with strangers.  It is hard to contain something you are excited about.   It is beyond a hobby or passing is at the very heart of the individual.  Even on the bad provides a voice, an outlet, a safe place to process. 
 The joy of art...comes from the heart..and cannot be contained.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

As we grow in our knowledge of God's Word, the hope we have in Christ Jesus, the strength through the Holy Spirit, and our ability to trust that he is faithful in the good & bad overflows.  Those things that we invest ourselves into inevitably spill over into other areas of our lives. It impacts our attitude, our relationships, our work, our family, and our free time.  The joy of the Lord can not be contained.  It is an indicator of God's kingdom.  If you are a person that gravitates toward the negative, embraces the ba-humbugs of life, and are perfectly please to be need to ask the Lord to change your heart.   Now we are all unhappy from time to time.  Happiness comes and goes.  It is an emotion.  But joy....JOY IS AT THE CORE OF WHO WE ARE AS BELIEVERS.   Joy is a transformation of the heart.  Joy embraces the hope that can only come from God.  
There is so much more to this life when you live out the joy of the Lord.  

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