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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Issue # 20 - How much ‘J’ is in your cup?

From A - Z… the series continues, letter 'J'

A few years ago a women was standing on top of a fifty-four story building in New York City, ready to jump to her death. The police suicide squad took her threats very serious. She didn’t look like the type though, in her expensive dress and distinguished appearance. Many attempts to get her down failed.

One of the officers called his pastor to come to the scene to pray for the woman. After observing the situation, the pastor asked for permission to try get close enough to talk to the woman. That he was granted.

The pastor started walking toward the woman, but she screamed as before, "Don’t come any closer or I’ll jump!" He stepped back and called out to her, "I’m sorry that you believe no one loves you". This got her attention and also the attention of the suicide squad- it was such an unusual thing to say. "Your children and grandchildren must not love you. Apparently they never give you any attention." he continued.

With this the woman took a step toward the pastor and said, "My grandchildren do love me. My whole family does. My grandchildren are wonderful. I have eight of them". The pastor took a step toward the woman and said, "Well then you must be very poor, or you wouldn’t want to take your life".

The woman, who was obviously overweight, said, "Do I look like I go without meals? We live in a nice apartment in Central Park. I’m not poor!" the pastor then took another step and was now only three feet from her. "Then why do you want to kill yourself? I don’t understand".

The woman thought for a moment and said, "You know, I don’t really remember".

This true story ended with the pastor escorting the woman off the edge while she showed him pictures of her grandchildren.

Isn’t it good to see people laughing, enjoying themselves, having a good time and excited about living. How can we get more people in this state is the question I ask you today? Anyone who is against this type of move has to be a mad man. Bearing that in mind, it puts them as the number one candidate for what I want to talk about today.

Where is your 'joy' level? I want you to know that this is necessary for your journey in life. You need to have an experience with this everyday of your life. Life is to be taken very serious but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while living.

Joy :
- great happiness, pleasure, to enjoy
- Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness
- A condition of supreme well-being and good spirits

"Joy is not in things; it is in us"
Richard Wagner

Have you ever had this experience? You are not really in a good mood or having a bad day. You see a certain person and automatically your spirit is lifted and your filled with joy. Mind you, this person can be anyone from a relative, friend, neighbour, co- worker etc. What I’m getting at is the new life and energy you receive out of this minor incident. People enjoy these type of persons along their path.

When persons see or hear them, their heart is full, their smile is bigger and they want to live longer. Don’t you know that’s the kind of influence you can have when you add joy to someone else’s life. I’m encouraging you to be that type of person.

If joy helps increase people’s energy then the lack of it wears them down. Being in a sad state will speed up you aging process and it will definitely begin to show. Various conditions and news try to get you in a depressed mood and rob you out of your joy.

I must remind you that the joy of the Lord is your strength. On the other hand the strength of the Lord is your joy. When joy is present it runs sadness and its entire family away. So why don’t we make a more conscious effort to help someone else put a smile on their face, and encourage the others to keep smiling. I am very confident that if you do it for someone else it will happen for you. A little bit of help means a lot to someone who is hurting. Thankful people are happy people.

Just For Laughs

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Coming next week: The series continues…letter 'K'

Take care until…......and God Bless ya

Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

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