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September 24, 2022 · Bob Gass

Develop a joy workout (1)

“My heart leaps for joy.” Psalm 28:7 NIV

Joy is like a muscle; the more you develop it, the stronger it becomes. Here are two exercises to help you develop inner joy: (1) Try to show more gratitude. “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). Note, it doesn’t say be thankful for all circumstances, but in them. Hans Seyle, the father of modern stress studies, says gratitude produces more emotional energy than any other attitude. So look for more ways to express gratitude. Send an email or make a phone call to someone to tell them how much they have meant in your life. And remember to express gratitude to God. The psalmist says, “With my song I praise him” (Psalm 28:7 NIV). If you’re not naturally a joyful person, start singing praises to God and watch your attitude change. (2) Look for ways to give. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35 NIV). Someone has jokingly said, “When it comes to giving, many people will stop at nothing.” What does the Bible reveal? “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV). Why? Because you are most like God when you give, and He doesn’t give grudgingly. Your giving actually determines how much you receive from God! The Bible says when you give Him the first tenth of your income, He will “throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” (Malachi 3:10 NIV). You cannot outgive God. As the old farmer said, “I shovel it into God’s storehouse, and He shovels it into mine—but God has a bigger shovel.”

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