Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:39–45 (NASB95)

Joy certainly seems to evoke a physical response, doesn’t it! Even Baby John the Baptist leapt while still in utero because he was in the presence of Jesus. And did you catch Elizabeth’s voice? She shouted and was filled with the Holy Spirit when she heard Mary’s greeting! It’s difficult to remain monotone and expressionless when joy comes into the room.

What about you? Does your joy level let people know that there’s somebody else in the room? Challenges and struggles will come and go and honestly, some of the things you think just might kill you will long be forgotten within five years or so. But…but we have a unique opportunity to respond differently BECAUSE Jesus is in the room!

I don’t know about you, but I want to live a life of joy and it’s a choice, my friend. Our salvation is enough to make us leap on even the worst of days. You just have to remember whose in the room.

Living It Out – One of the biggest joy stealers is trying to control everyone around us. God is big enough to handle IT and THEM. Some of my father’s last words were, “Just do the best you can do and that’s enough.” What wise and godly advice! God doesn’t require one bit more. Do this today – let go and let your joy show! Take off your crown, put it at Jesus’ feet and let Him take care of managing everyone and everything in your life. You will be amazed how the joy will flow…and who knows, you might even find yourself in mid air!

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