Carrying Joy

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 8:15

When I first wrote this Rejuven8, it seemed a bit odd to be addressing at this time in the Christian calendar. But when I thought it over, I realised how true to the message of the Easter it is. Jesus’ sacrifice has given us the opportunity not only to enjoy a relationship with God, but also the life He has so graciously given us.

I love the honesty and truth in this particular verse. From a wise man, who has been given all God’s gifts and seen everything, this is his conclusion. While he acknowledges the good, he also suggests that joy can be with you in the toil.

I wanted to share two ways I, by God’s grace, try to carry joy with me when ministry or life gets toilsome. The first is a reminder. There is a wonderful image I keep on my phone of a boy playing a recorder to a kitten in an alleyway. It is titled: “The size of

your audience doesn’t matter, keep up the good work” This reminds me that God not only sees my work, but also that I can take joy my work for what it is. The second is laughter through the toilsome seasons. Regardless of how small, silly, or even ridiculous issues are that come up in ministry and daily life, sometimes it’s best to ease the tension with a smile or laugh. Which is why I want to share this fun, 4 minute video with you from the clergy worker and comedian, Adrian Plass, who truly understands how to appreciate the silliness of life! 

As March gets busy leading towards Easter, can I encourage you to find ways to carry joy with you? Whatever ministry God has called you to, at work or home, I pray He will give you accompanying joy.

~ Rachel