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What a wonderful day last Sunday was. Worshipping our gracious God, enjoying the favor of His people, and celebrating Mother’s Day! It was truly a day of reminder of how loved & blessed all of us are.

I was also very moved & grateful to our men who put out such an effort to love & serve our mothers & wives. There’s only one word to describe last Sunday. It’s “joy.”

“Joy” is such a good word. I never get tired of it because it’s something that I cannot produce on my own & because it’s hard to maintain it. And presence or absence of joy tells me pretty accurately whether everything is okay in my life or not.

Although life, doing the right thing & following Christ can be hard & challenging at times, they should still bring us joy.

You have to think why did someone like Mother Teresa spend her whole life in Calcutta one of the dirtiest & poorest cities in the world serving those who couldn’t pay back her kindness?

I would argue that because it brought her inexpressible joy.

We know this amazing family who has 5 children of their own, and adopted 5 more, and now they are on their way to Thailand to be missionaries. People may ask, “Why?”

I would answer them, it’s because they are no fools. They know exactly where true joy lies.

Even Jesus, according to Hebrews 12:2, it was “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Today, I had to drive down to Miami once again to finish the visa application. It didn’t feel like it’s been that long, but it’s already been about a month since I made the same trip to Miami last April. As I was driving back, it dawned on me again how quickly time is passing me by.

I know that I talk about that a lot, but I can’t help it because I always feel like I’m running out of time.

Although not 100% certain, the hourglass was supposedly invented by 8th Century French monk named Luitprand. As you have seen, the hourglass is filled with sand, which is quite fitting since it visually symbolizes how fleeting our existence is. Eventually & inevitably our sands of time will run out.

Please understand that I’m not trying to scare or depress anyone. But I do want to convey that we mustn’t waste our time on useless & meaningless things like negative emotions or worrying about things that are beyond our control. Instead we are to pursue & enjoy all that our wonderful Savior & Lord has promised us like joy.

Joy being the Fruit of the Spirit, if we are a Christian, it is ours for the taking. Joy is something that we don’t have to labor for or beg for as a beggar asks for some change. Such thought concerning joy never enters a child’s mind. A child doesn’t ponder why he is lacking joy. He simply does what brings him joy. It may be playing outside, biking, painting, singing & the list goes on. But I have to say that what brings most joy to our children is when we the parents embrace them, get goofy with them, tickling them & making them feel that they are the most important person to us.

I really felt like that today as I was driving down to Miami & coming back. Although it was an 11 hour drive all together, I got to have Dunkin Donuts for breakfast, McDonald’s for lunch & Chik-fil-a for dinner. For those who know me, they know that these make me joyful. Not only that what could have been a major setback in our visa process was taken care of by God through this empathetic young lady who works there. So I was feeling triumphant! Listening to 90’s praise music by Steve Curtis Chapman, DC Talk, Be Be & Ce Ce, it dawned on me that joy is the love of God that tickles our soul & makes us dance, something that is only possible when we are in His arms’ reach. Metaphorically speaking.

It is my prayer that all that we do whether it be ministry or missions, will be characterized by hearts laughing & dancing for God is the Source of our joy.