Proclaiming #4 – Radical Joy
by MW Cook
Yeah, yeah. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. Whatever.
This is the part where I whine about how whiny Christians are and tell you all to cheer up because Jesus loves you and life is grand.
I guess it is grand, though it doesn’t always feel like it. Have you ever felt that your life is something like a novel? Have you ever felt like you’re getting ripped off in life? That you’re not getting what you had hoped to get or doing what you had hoped to do? Something’s missing, circumstances suck, generally life is not being kind.
But it is, really. Isn’t it?
I once heard a very interesting explanation on why children go through a ‘terrible two’ stage. Because it’s around that age where you start saying ‘no’ to the kid. Up until that point every single thing that the kid wanted, the kid got. But as he grows up his horizons broaden and he wants things that we don’t want him to have. So we say no. And this is traumatic. Think about it: for his entire life every wish of his has been fulfilled. It doesn’t matter that we, with our years of wisdom, consider his wants petty and meaningless. They mean something to him, so they affect him.
Same with us. Life feels bad, but maybe we have perspective issues. Maybe we don’t realize how good we’ve got it. Maybe we’re just chemically imbalanced. But life isn’t really that bad.
And Jesus makes it better. He was always talking about Joy. People know know Jesus know the deep joy he gives. We probably shouldn’t be crabby people. If you’re crabby people will assume that you don’t have anything to be happy about, that you’re life is generally worse than you had hoped it would be. But if you know Jesus, shouldn’t your life be better than you can imagine?
Radical Joy, in the midst of disappointment, dissatisfaction and problems is a huge sign for people. It’s hard to be joyful, and it takes something bigger than willpower, but it’s good.
This is second-hand unless you’re reading it at http://www.theilliteratescribe.com
The Egyptian television and the Middle East News Agency
confirmed this information. I’ll tell you something about yourselves, about the
REAL reason you find me “too good to be true,” at least as anything but a
fool, deontologically speaking: The real reason, from
beneath all your snarlingly-hysterical cynicism
against me, has rather to do with the fact that all YOU know how to do is SUBCONSCIOUSLY PROJECT
your own PETTY SELFISHNESS onto me. “Dearly beloved, we
are gathered here in the sight of God … to join together this man
and this woman in holy matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted by God Himself,
signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and His Church ….