ReJOYce – Good News for December 22

22 12 2009

Luke 1:46-56

Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.

The Daily Path: While reviewing my old calculus text I rediscovered the following formula:

joy = mercy x (humility) compassion x

While mathematics is an exact science, joyology is anything but. As I set out yesterday to bring joy to those in my path, I found the factors applied to my calculations did not always bring about the exact answer. Or did they?

There are endless types of joy and an infinite number of timeframes in which joy can be realized. As I set about spreading joy like Johnny Appleseed dispensing seed from a burlap sack, I noted that some was received instantly and blossomed on the spot. I could tell this by the resulting smile on the recipients face. Other times my joyful offering hit a wall, fell to the ground and lingered there unopened. Or did it?

Perhaps today, those who did not wish to be joyful in that moment will reflect back on yesterday. They might look down on that little kernel of joy laying at their feet and begin to reflect back seeing something missed on the first pass. In an inkling joy might burst out of its casing to overwhelm them (jofyul combustion).  The resulting smile could spread like wildfire. Someone passing by may see that smile and respond in kind, leading to another unanticipated outcome!

In my experience, joy is not an exact science. Sometimes it’s instantaneous. Other times it’s slow as the ages. Yet of this I am certain: joy always possesses great power. Either in its presence or in its absence, joy is a mighty force. For anyone who chooses to embrace joy, it can heal wounds, light the dark, or energize the powerless.

I was never very good at mathematics. Perhaps joy is an exact science in the hands of someone who really knows what they are doing…

God = joy

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22 12 2009
Dr Joy

Being a joyologist myself, I have long believed that joy in a working environment comes from three things:

1. Challenging work. Work that challenges you so that your gifts are fully utilized and the day speeds by creates joy. When you are able to overcome challenges and be successful as a team creates even more joy.

2. Fun at work. Creating moments of joy from humor, skits, games and other team activities helps create a joyful workplace.

3. Helping the community. Teams that join together to help the community with some activity like a sock drive for a children’s center or pulling non-native plants from Muir Woods or collecting pledges and having a bowling tournament to benefit your local food bank all help to create joy in the workplace. Workers all need to believe that their work is meaningful and helpful to others. Regardless of the work one does, doing community service as a team fulfills this need.

God can be found in each of these three building blocks for a joyful workplace. God has given us each gifts to use to support the Body of Christ. Using these gifts to solve challenges is no doubt what God intended for us. Doing as God intended is a joyful thing. God = Joy.

Having fun at work is where you see the best qualities of the people you work with. They laugh and smile and the team grows closer. There is more trust and love between team members. Life-long bonds are formed. Love thy neighbor comes to mind. God = Joy.

Helping the community is living the spirit of Jesus and following the path of Jesus would naturally bring Joy. God = Joy.

Joyful regards,

Dr Joy

23 12 2009
Carolina Maine

Very nice post. Thank you for your message. G-d bless you and your family this Christmas season and in 2010!
Merry Christmas!

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