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God wants you to have joy in your life. This truth is lost on some preachers and other church-goers. Oliver Wendell Holmes was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years. His mind, wit and work earned him the unofficial title of “the greatest justice since John Marshall.” At one point in his life, Justice Holmes explained his choice of a career by saying: “I might have entered the ministry if certain clergymen I knew had not looked and acted so much like undertakers.” 

They have forgotten such passages as … 

Psalm 21:6 which says: “Surely you have granted (us) unending blessings and made (us) glad with the joy of your presence.” 

Or … Psalm 28:7 – “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” 

Or … Romans 14:17 – “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” 

Yes, God wants you to have true, blessed joy in your life! 

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX 

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