The weight of ministry can be heavy. We are often journeying with others through hardship and disappointment. But amid the hard, the Lord gifts us with sweet spots of lightness and fun. Pastor’s wife and teacher Tanya York joins the podcast today to share how she finds joy and fun even when circumstances are hard. Tanya intentionally pursues the buckets of joy and wins the Lord gives, and gives practical tips on how we can do the same.
- Take your sin seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.
- You cannot change the character of people who are giving you hard, but you can change the way you perceive them. Choose to see their uniqueness and have fun with them.
- Don’t use personality as an excuse to live negatively. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see the wins and pursue life with a God who is as good as He says He is.
“I take sin very seriously, confronting sin in my own life and heart, but I don’t take myself too seriously. I’ve learned to laugh about things in ministry, and especially myself in ministry. Proverbs gives us that great verse, ‘A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bone.'”
“I can’t comprehend a Christian being absent of joy. I’m not saying that you find joy in every single thing, but there has to be continual waves of that flooding through your life. That’s a uniqueness of Christianity that has to show up to draw people to Christ. In His presence is fullness of joy; I don’t leave His presence and He doesn’t leave mine. So the possibility of having a joyful heart, even in the middle of some very hard things is a choice that a Christian should make. I think it is incumbent upon the Christian to remind herself that she has the responsibility to portray the joy of Christ in her life.”
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