I express the spiritual gift of joy.
Happiness can come into my life from the world around me. People, places, events, opportunities—these things and many more make me happy. And that’s a good thing! Yet joy is different. Such a small word with a sometimes complicated explanation. It’s an essential part of who I AM—a spiritual quality that remains unaffected by the corporeal realm. In challenging moments, joy lingers, helping soothe my soul. Like all the spiritual qualities that define my Christ Presence, I feel it most powerfully when I freely share it with others. When I connect with the eternal substance of joy, I find the strength of Spirit to face external events or situations.
Then he said to them, “... This day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”—Nehemiah 8:10