Overflow of Life
Have you ever witnessed any living thing seemingly overflow with joy? This morning, I sat in the early morning watching two dogs run with wild abandon and overflow with the zeal of life. The word overflow, as defined by Oxford Dictionary, is to flow over the brim of a receptacle or to have such excess that the available space cannot contain it. Now, let’s apply that to joy. Have you ever experienced such joy that it overflowed from your being so that your body could not contain it? Is it possible to live a life that consistently has an overflow of joy? If we bind and intertwine ourselves with the greatest love of all given to us by Christ, then it is possible to live a life that consistently overflows with joy.
It is said that true joy transcends the rolling waves of circumstance. When we recognize this, we hold the ability to overflow with joy. It is important however that we do not confuse joy with happiness as they are two different things. Happiness is based only on the circumstances that surround us. While joy, however, comes from a deep-seated place within us. A place that offers hope and the ability to have peace within regardless of our surrounding circumstances. To have the ability to overcome our circumstances requires a higher power and more than our self-will or determination. If you find yourself unconvinced that joy and circumstances are not connected, then consider this.
Finding the Overflow of Joy
Philosopher and unbeliever, Voltaire, declared “I wish I had never been born.” Lord Byron, poet, and politician lived a life full of pleasure. Yet, he wrote, “The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone.” American millionaire, Jay Gould, had enough money to buy his way to happiness but he learned that happiness didn’t come from having plenty. As he lay dying, he said, “I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.” Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed a life of position and fame, yet he wrote, “Youth is a mistake; manhood a struggle; old age a regret.” Military marvel, Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Yet, upon doing so, he wept saying, “There are no more worlds to conquer.” So, if great thoughts, unbelief, talent, money, fame, and power don’t produce joy, where can real and lasting joy be found? It lies in Christ alone.
Make no mistake though, life is filled with ups and downs. And believing in Christ isn’t going to change worldly circumstances. But what a relationship with Christ will do is change the way we look and deal with the circumstances of life. For when we have a consistent relationship with Christ we can move beyond those troubles and still overflow with joy. This requires us though to live a life that is bound with Christ just as the vine and branches do. When we walk with Christ on a daily or better, a moment-by-moment existence we can walk through the fire, the shadows of the valley, or adversity without sinking into despair. By remaining in Christ, we hold joy through His love.
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!John 15:11 (NLT)
Overcome the Circumstances so the Overflow Takes Over
If we want to overflow with joy, no matter our circumstances, then it is important to seek the outside power of Christ. Having a relationship with Him is more than a Sunday morning connection. Overflowing with the joys of life requires us to seek Him out daily. This can be through prayer, talking, and expressing our concerns and thankfulness. It can also include learning more about Him through scriptures to help form a solid relationship. It is through this type of relationship that we learn to rely upon Him to see us through it when things aren’t going as we hope. This type of relationship also keeps us grounded in the times that life is going good remembering where good things come from.
There is an overflow of joy that comes when we choose to live a life with Christ daily. Remembering that joy isn’t found in circumstances is important no matter how wonderful life may be in the moment. For true joy, the kind that overflows from the pit of your soul is only experienced through Christ. We live in a troubled world and thus life is also filled with it but with Christ leading the way, joy is found. For when we live in intimate contact with him, we will experience God’s special care and protection seeing that the ultimate victory is won even when defeat seems certain. Christ is the only true source of joy.
Won’t you be challenged today to find the true source of joy so that your soul will overflow with it? Allow your conviction in the knowledge of Christ and His love to seal your fate not only in eternity but a life of joy found even here in this troubled world. Find your motivation in the greatest of love ever received and commanded in life. And lastly, surround yourself in this love found only through Christ. A love that seeps into your soul and allows you to overflow with joy.
Love in Christ,
Blessed are you when you commit your life to the Lord. Your life will overflow with great joy and abundant life.Lailah Gifty Akita
What are Your Thoughts?
Have you experienced an overflow of joy found by living a life of relationship with Christ? Share your thoughts and experiences of how your relationship with Christ helps you through adversity.