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The Thief of Joy

Someone asked me a few days ago about Joy. She had just accepted Christ into her life, and was wondering if it was possible that the Joy she felt in the aftermath of that single decision could last for ever. I wished with all my heart that I could tell her it would. There’s nothing worse than having to tell a new believer that this walk is not all rainbows and sunshine. In my mind I am inclined to spin it – to come up with creative ways to bypass the truth that the path we walk is a narrow one. But instead I told her the truth: in this life you will have to choose Joy. You will come to several crossroads where pain and fear and doubt and worry seem like the obvious choices – and you will have to choose Joy. After answering, I began to reflect on all…

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