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This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
Last night’s BlogTalkRadio interview with Doug Stevens is required listening for our Catch community, and everyone who wants to follow Jesus. It’s all about good news.
So much bad news out there and I’ll be the first to admit I focus on it too much. It’s part of my prophetic gift to point out what’s wrong with the world and cultural Christianity for the purpose of correcting it, which is all well and good, but not to forsake all the good that God is doing in the world right now, too. I think we miss that because we are weighed down with so much bad news.
Doug defines joy as that “deep and abiding conviction that the Lord is for us,” regardless of our experience. Joy is a spiritual discipline; we can choose it or not. We don’t have to go get it, or drum it up, or even alter our circumstances to find it, because we already have it. As Doug says, “Joy is not the goal we are working toward, it is the gift we are working from.”
And so that we can get an idea of what good news looks like in the world, Doug shares with us a number of incredible stories that will give you an idea of what “working from joy” might look like. It’s about people working from joy in impossible circumstances where joy is just not part of the agenda. Surprise!
How about you? Have you got some stories for us? Let’s hear some good news. Or maybe you have an idea and we can help you with it. We’ve got a lot of people who would be eager to get behind a way to positively influence our culture.
Revel in the goodness of God. Look for where God is at work. Listen to our interview with Doug Stevens, and, as he says: “Live grace-based and joy-driven.”