“But now I come to you; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves” (John 17:13).

From every direction and venue, we are bombarded daily with the message that joy and happiness is to be found in what we have or what we accomplish. So we breed false hope by buying more and more only to find out that we are settling for less and less. We labor endlessly to build a name for ourselves only to one day discover that our family barely knows us. We have wrongly believed that joy and happiness is something external; that must be pursued; that comes into our lives. Jesus reminds us that joy is something that lies within; it comes out of our lives as a result of knowing and doing the will of God.

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