A Joyful Attitude

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : John 15:5-16

I am so thankful for the person who put the twenty-fourth verse of Psalm 118 to music. How wonderful to start the day singing, “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!” Some days are just made for singing and we sing anticipating a happy day. Other days we sing with determination, “I will rejoice and be glad. . . .”

One morning intending to write, “O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good” (Ps. 118:1). I mistakenly wrote, “when he is good.” After a particularly bad night, my frame of mind was obvious. Correcting the mistake, I finished the quote, “for his mercy endures for ever.” I believe it. But sometimes to feel it we need to remind ourselves of the source of joy an appreciation of God’s love. Our joy is made full when we abide in that love and keep God’s commandments. We have joy when we have faith in God’s plan for us.

A church bulletin board declared, “Happiness is an inside job.” Joy comes not from circumstances, but from conviction. One early saint said, “The greatest honor we can give to Almighty God is to live gladly, joyfully because of the knowledge of His love.” Mother Teresa admonished her sisters to smile as they work, remembering that the poor need a joyful heart. Christ’s joy is in us when we abide in His love.


Father, we thank You for the gift of joy and for Your love which makes joy possible. In Jesus’ name. Amen.