There are many keys to joy, not just one. But let’s talk about one that often gets neglected: thankfulness.
Here’s the equation: Thankfulness = Joy.
Jesus could have been doing many things the night before he would atone for the sin of the world, but he choose to eat a meal consisting of bread and wine with his disciples. This is where we get “The Lord’s Supper.”
Herein lies the amazing statement that Jesus makes that unlocks our key to joy: “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them . . .” (Luke 22:19 NIV).
He gave thanks.
Ann Voskamp brilliantly points out that, in the original language, “he gave thanks” reads “eucharisteo.” The root word of “eucharisteo” is charis, meaning “grace.”
There is more.
Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, holds its derivative, the Greek word “chara.”
What does “chara” mean? Joy.
The key to joy, then, is to be thankful.
Voskamp adds: “As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible. Joy is always possible.”
An old preacher once said, “The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live . . . He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.”
Be thankful for what Jesus Christ has done, for your singleness, marriage, job, circumstances, trials, family, church, car, money, gifts, breath, life. Everything. Be thankful.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, no matter what circumstances you are facing — joy is possible. Now. Today. Forever.
Rid yourself of bitterness and entitlement and enter the pathway of your deepest longings being fulfilled, through thankfulness.
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