“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” John 15:11
The Five Principles of Joy Staining
1. Give joy a sampling. Try different things — or doing things differently — to see what joy looks like for you. Experiment in small doses.
2. Give your joy ideas time to dry. Once you try something for the first time, avoid judging yourself or criticizing the experience harshly right away. Give yourself (and others, if they’re involved) some space to be imperfect.
3. Joy takes more than one coat of paint. You might not even feel joyful at first. You will find that joy gets a little deeper as you feel the freedom to trust and just try. (I found that by just trying, even as I’m nervous, I feel a tinge of joy!)
4. Joy looks different wet than dry. You’re on a journey, not taking a “Joy Test”. There is no pass or fail. Joy comes from the heart and the heart is very resistant to demands or “Thou Shalt”.
5. Joy is fun! Yes, there is a shade of peaceful, quiet joy that comes through suffering. Don’t forget that the kind of joy that is sunny, exuberant and just plain fun is equally as godly too!