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Arrogant Joy Stealers

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I let my mind get focused on some deep hurt from the past. There are broken relationships from that past experience and even though I continue to care about those people (and at the same time feel betrayed by them), they have been unwilling so far to work at reconciliation. In my stress and distress over this, I found myself mindlessly eating last evening. It is simply not productive to let my mind get caught in this emotional dead end. In her commentary on the New Testament book of Philippians ("Frappe with Philippians"), Sandra Glahn speaks about the "arrogant joy stealers." This was her way of describing the legalistic trouble-makers that the Apostle Paul warned the church in Philippi about. After reading that, I found myself reflecting on this term "joy stealer." There are all kinds of thoughts, circumstances, hurts, injustices, abuses, and "push your button" types of people which we could allow to steal our joy if we are not careful. Or we can "rejoice in the Lord" as the Apostle Paul advised -which is a good way of keeping focused on the source of all that is good in our lives. That will be my challenge today - to be focused on and rejoice in the Source of good and joy. That way any joy stealer that comes along will not be allowed to "steal the show" regarding all that I choose to focus on in my mind.
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    Appreciated this blog, Russell. Thanks for putting it out there.
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    1620 days ago
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    1620 days ago
    His grace is sufficient in all things
    1621 days ago
    When Paul says to the Philippians in Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" he had a reason. Our focus is to be on the Lord, because "the joy of the LORD is my strength. God bless you with his peace.
    1622 days ago
    There are always going to be people that hurt us, either on purpose or on accident. I avoid these people by avoiding all people in general! Makes my life that much quieter :)
    1622 days ago
    This was so helpful for me to hear right now. There have been some real joy stealers that need to go in my world and I need to get my focus off of them. After all they are not really worth that energy and emotion! God is our real joy and He can do exceedingly more than we can hope for or imagine. We just don't focus on Him enough. At least I don't...something I am working on correcting.

    Thanks for the reminder,
    1622 days ago
    Dealing with a similar issue within my family and Ooooh it is CHALLENGING to say the least. I kept getting so distracted with those thoughts, memories, hurts etc. during my workout this morning and just had to pour it all out to God. I'm actually struggling with the whole forgiveness thing and I admitted that in my venting/prayer session (as if that isn't already known) so, I have faith that I'll be able to cooperat with the clearing of this negativity from within me and let the chips fall where they are going to fall regarding the relationships or lack thereof. Praying for a healthy resolution for ALL.

    Peace and thanks for sharing!

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