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The Candle of Joy/Tuesday-December 19, 2017

I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
3 John 4 (NLT)

What do you want for Christmas? I don’t know, what do YOU want for Christmas?

How many times have you asked or been asked that question in the past month? Probably more than you can count! It’s because we long to see the look of joy on the face of those we love as the ribbons are ripped away and the wrappings are torn! But the very best gift can’t be ordered from Amazon, crafted off Pinterest or even served up at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. The most joyous gift can’t be bought or sold, re-gifted or returned. It’s a condition of the heart.

A friend recently asked a group of parents what their most desired gift from their son or daughter would be and without hesitation the answer was that they would know the Lord and serve Him with all their heart. I can think of no greater joy than to know that my children, both natural and spiritual, are walking in truth.

The Apostle John was no doubt a spiritual father to many. You hear his heart at the end of his gospel – “The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.”1 John was diligent to include everything possible to insure that those he had “fathered” had enough truth to walk in it. And they did.

What about you? Are you building a legacy of joy? What are you investing into the lives of those you love so you will one day see them walking in truth?

Living It Out – A legacy of joy. What would that look like? Extending grace when it would be easier to demand justice? Responding in kindness rather than harshness? Speaking the truth in love rather than looking the other way and calling it grace? Building a legacy of joy happens by laying one brick of truth at a time…day in, day out.

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