I am joyful. I am free!
Jesus spoke of joy as an inner quality, divine in nature. “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” Joy is my essence, a fundamental part of my being. Joy allows me to approach any circumstance with a lightness of spirit and a sense of humor. I love life! When I look at situations with optimism, the world around me reveals wonder for all it offers. My bliss does not depend on outer conditions; rather happiness becomes my innate response, welling up from within. One joyful thought starts a chain reaction, just as a ready smile invites others to smile too. I am cocreator with God, developing the life I want. I am joyful. I am free!
Consider it nothing but joy … that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.—James 1:2, 4