Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Joy

This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director.

The past few months have been a fairly awesome season of life for me.  I’ve explored Boston and the Grand Canyon, spent time with my family along Lake Erie, and celebrated my niece and nephew’s first birthday, complete with all the food a hungry caterpillar could eat.  I’ve seen growth in established friendships and have even become more secure in my career: my first peer reviewed journal article will be published in early 2015.

Amidst the blessings, I am mindful not to let the happiness and emotion of the moment allow me to become complacent in my pursuit of true joy. When things are good, it's all too easy to coast along on outward successes and circumstances.

But joy that comes from God is unfailing and so much more powerful than anything that those circumstances can provide.  When a nagging injury keeps me off my expected race time finish, when the fourth person takes me out to lunch to tell me she’s pregnant, and when my transmission dies resulting in forty-five minutes of quality time with a chain smoking tow truck driver named Kirby, I realize that yesterday’s events are not enough to sustain me and that I need to dig in to find the unwavering joy that only comes from Him.

With that, I hope you’ll excuse me – I have some unhurried time with God that I need to get to.