Living your Life of JOY

In addition to walking in love with God and having good relationships with people, living your life of JOY will also require Physical Work, Rest, Giving, and Praise.

Most of your Joy will come from the spiritual (praise, obedience, giving) and social (giving, relationships); but some of it is physical (physical work, rest).

If you don’t do physical work, then it may be a good idea to exercise or play a sport.

Is sports idolatry? No, sports is only idolatry if you mix it with alcoholism, lust, or covetousness (greed for money, gambling).

YAH doesn’t take pleasure in the legs of a man (Psalms 147:10), so we should not overemphasize the strength in sports.

However, Scripture does associate sports with joy (Psalms 19:5), and discipline (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

So if you have problems with Joy, or Discipline… these are things you may be able to get help with through a sport.

After you put your body through your physical work, or your sport… then Rest, Give, and Praise the Most High! The sleep of a laboring man is sweet (Eccl. 5:12).

Physical Discipline, Success, and Joy

Athletes learn discipline by doing the fundamentals of their sport.

Seeing the growth and results of physical discipline makes it easier to understand the benefits of mental and spiritual disciplines.

This is why the Scriptures use athletes as a positive example of physical self-discipline for our spiritual calling.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Fundamental Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Disciplines are important for us to learn in every area.

Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Discipline sets us up for a life of Joy.

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