Joy Stealers

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
"Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God." -Robert Schuller
Joylessness is often fueled by thought processes that are happening below our level of consciousness. I want to unpack and expose some common "joy stealers" over the next few months. (By the way "stealers" is not a word...for those of you with perfectionistic/analytic tendencies...read on!) The enemy of our souls wants us to stay bound in our joylessness by using common and uncommon tactics. Nevertheless, I want to expose the lies we tend to believe about ourselves and our faith that steals our joy and hope; ultimately putting a wedge between us and our creator.

Common Joy Stealers (the obvious ones):

Grief
Physical Pain
Loss
Divorce
Abuse
Sin/Disobedience

Uncommon Joy Stealers (The not-so-obvious ones):

Perfectionism
Worry/Anxiety
Guilt/Shame
Bitterness
Unforgiveness
Anger
Prayerlessness
Hopelessness
Thanklessness
Lack of Contentment
Immaturity
Comparison/Jealousy
Indecision

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