5 Rules to Live in Joy

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Search “trampoline dog” videos.

Their enthusiasm is infectious. One video shows a stream of water from an impulse sprinkler spraying up from the underside of a trampoline. The dog tries to catch the bursts of water as they erupt through the mesh . . . all the while jumping up and down and barking in excitement.

How much joy do we deserve? How can we get it?

Can it be as easy as jumping on a trampoline while chasing the water from an unseen sprinkler?

Nehemiah 8:10 gives us a foolproof plan with five rules that enable us to live in joy.

“Then he said to them, ‘Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ ”

Here are 5 Rules to Live in Joy:

Rule No. 1: Go your way.

Here we learn that not everyone walks the same path. Live your life and find joy wherever it takes you.

Rule No. 2: Eat the fat.

Use up what God provides you. His good gifts are meant to be consumed in your pursuit of joy.

Rule No. 3: Drink sweet wine.

Look for the positive . . . in people . . . in circumstances . . . in ourselves. Let the sour things and experiences roll away like yesterday’s old leaves.

Rule No. 4: Send portions to anyone who has nothing.

Share. Be generous. Don’t blame others for their misfortune, but instead offer them a portion of what God’s given you.

Rule No. 5: Do not be grieved.

Bad things in life will happen. Let them go. Look to the future, and you will see the light of the Father showing you the way.

That dog on that trampoline doesn’t care where the water is coming from or how long it will last. Its joy is in the moment. It’s going to have fun while fun can be had.

Let’s experience God’s joy in the same way.

Today is our day to rejoice in the Lord.

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