I lose stuff all the time. I lose keys. I lose books. I lose papers, letters, and notes. I lose my wife every time Kristi and I go into Wal-Mart and split the shopping list to save time.
Thankfully, most things that we lose show up again. The keys are always right where I put them. Papers and letters and notes are usually found in a stack of similar items. My wife calls me from her cell phone and tells me which aisle to find her.
But there are times when a person loses their joy. You can see it on their face and in their eyes. You can hear it in their voice. You can sense it from their body language.
Pastor Randy Frazee talks about the source of Joy we have as Christians in his book Think, Act, Be Like Jesus. When we feel out of touch with the joy of being saved, we need to return to the source of our joy. Consider Pastor Frazee’s words:
We all will have good and bad days. We will all experience life’s ups and downs. But has life robbed you of your joy, or are you growing in this virtue? What does your face reflect to others? What does your attitude communicate about your faith? Happiness will be all too fleeting, but the joy of Jesus is available to your soul right now. When trials arise, choose to lean on him, and you will find his joy.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.