Happy February! We will focus on LOVE this February. We have fallen a bit behind on posts and I wanted to conclude January with explaining what the oil of joy is and exhort you to get rid of the killjoys in your life. The oil of joy is a subconscious state of mind that literally bubbles forth as part of an exchange we have with God. It’s a perpetual joy that exudes from someone in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It’s not surfacy…anyone can pretend to be happy. It’s not about having it all together. It’s the overflow of Christ within.
At times, I feel my joy. At times it seems lost. In the last year I went through a major overhaul in my life and commitments. I decided to stop working. I had stayed home for eight years to have my children and an opportunity came to teach at their school. It was a seemingly perfect fit. I would bring my kids to school, see them throughout the day and bring them home. I love to teach. It became clear that I could not handle two full-time jobs—one during the day and one in the evening taking care of my family and home. I was perpetually exhausted, health issues worsened and my joy was being killed by being overextended all the time. Survival mode set in quickly. It was a hard decision because I loved teaching and the extra salary was helpful. After three years my husband and I decided we were losing more than we were gaining.
Today, my family has gained a more pleasant wife, mom and my health has improved dramatically. My joy is back because I have ample time to spend with my Lord. I have a new and deeper appreciation and admiration for my husband as the leader and provider of our family. My mind and heart were so clouded with busyness before that I lost that view.
Identify your killjoys.
A killjoy is someone or something that deliberately spoils enjoyment or fun. A while back I defined joy as a gift that can only be unwrapped by getting close to the Creator of this gift. What if this gift of joy is being metaphorically killed by the things or people in your life? Just because something is good, it doesn’t mean it’s beneficial. I have had to let go of relationships that are draining. God calls us to love one another, but sometimes loving from afar has more benefits than being in close relationship or there are seasons of being close. Pulling away for a healthy reason is not sin.
Hebrews 1:9 says, “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” If we yield to life in Christ there is a secret joy that your life will exude. What a witness! Who would be attracted to Christ if we walked around complaining and pointing out all the wrongs in life? Let me answer that for you- NO ONE!
Make a decision today to remove the killjoys from your life that keep you from fellowship with Christ. Schedule time with Him. Make Him your priority and your day incomplete without a date with God. You will not ever regret receiving the oil of joy!