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The Secret to Living with Joy

by | Dec 30, 2017 | Joy & Happiness

“We went to the library to take a class to learn about preventing Alzheimer’s,” my friend said.

“Good idea,” I said, “but aren’t our parents the ones who need help in this department?”

My friend began naming the things one can do to keep the memory sharp. “There are things like listening to a variety of music,” she said, “learn a second language…and…and…”

She tried and tried to remember the rest of the list, but never could.

I chuckled. “Girlfriend, these classes to learn memory retention are for you!”

We all do that, don’t we? We find it hard to remember what’s useful, important and valuable. But on the other hand, we’re so quick to recall past hurts, mistakes wounds and all the other goofy stuff from the past. And when the heart is filled with this garbage, joy is nowhere to be found, and we wonder why.

David got it right because he found how to replace the “no-good” he stored in his heart for the best. He said to God: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)

David kept God’s Word, not in a book, or on a piece of paper or within the walls of the temple. He hid and guarded God’s Word in His heart.

The reason? To keep sin away, to be save from its grip, to be free from its snare. And when we do the same, joy visits, it settles in and becomes a permanent part of our days.

What do you store in your heart these days?

Janet Eckles
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