The Global Year of Living Joyfully

The Global Year of Living Joyfully

Pick a number between 1 and 30. Got it? Keep it in your mind as you read below.


I think 2016 should be The Global Year of Living Joyfully!

 Someone comes up with these sub-holidays, so it may as well be us, right?  Ready to be part of Team Joy? You’re a charter member, no dues for your lifetime and free coffee for all . . . cookies, too!

I’ll be your Ambassador of Joy and you can have whatever title or name you want to call yourself. 🙂  Need a name tag? Make one and wear it proudly. At least, you’ll get some attention and have a way to bring joy to the people around you . . . think of the questions they’ll ask! 🙂

Living Joyfully

I’m partly teasing about some of this (no free coffee and cookies), but in my heart, I’m serious.  I truly believe in the joy that Jesus brings into our lives, and I love sharing it with others.

Allow me to help you share your joy too.

Even if you’re suffereing right now, joy is still residing in your soul. Ask the Spirit of God to bring it to the front of the line of your emotions.

First, think about a bad day you recently had and how someone helped make it better. How did they show love, kindness, or appreciation?

Second, think about a way you can use the same way they made you feel better, in someone else’s life.  Or come up with your own way to show joy.  Be creative and match your expression of joy to their need.

Team Joy can make an incredible difference when we show how following Jesus and living joyfully can change the world around us. We aren’t people without troubles; we just choose to live out our days on earth with a joyful appreciation of the love of the Lord and all He has done for us.

God doesn’t ignore the need for joyful living. In His word joy is proclaimed, encouraged, and promised to Him and for us.  Here are three of many verses that I love about joy:

Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Psalm 100:1

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Ecclesiastes 8:15

And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.

Living Joyfully with Purpose

So remember when you picked a number between 1 and 30?

Find that number below and discover who you can show some extra-special joy to this week. Or pick a new number every day!

Your list’s a reminder to scatter joy through love, kindness, and appreciation to the people in your life that aren’t part of your immediate family. Helping people know how much you care is going to change their day, and hopefully, they will pay it forward, one burst of joy at a time.

Pssst: It’ll change your day too!

Listed in alphabetical order are just some of the people who serve us each day. It doesn’t show an order of importance since Team Joy members know all people who serve us are #1!

Scatter some joy to one of these people . . . or all of them!

  1. Artist
  2. Babysitter
  3. Barista
  4. Carwash attendant
  5. Delivery person
  6. Dentist
  7. Doctor
  8. Firefighter
  9. Gardener
  10. Gas Station Attendant
  11. Grocery store employees
  12. Hairstylist-Barber
  13. Health care worker
  14. Homeless person
  15. Mailman
  16. Neighbor
  17. Nurse
  18. Person who calls you next
  19. Person who serves that you see next
  20. Pet groomer
  21. Police officer
  22. Pool guy or gal
  23. Receptionist
  24. Restaurant Staff
  25. Sales Clerk
  26. Teacher
  27. Trainer
  28. Veteran of Armed Forces
  29. Veterinarian
  30. Writer

Practice Living Joyfully!

One way to physically scatter joy is to use a tool of some sort.  I use paper hearts and tags, leaving them everywhere I go in my ministry Hearts Across America.

Living Joyfully

By the way, I was inspired to pick the title Ambassador of Joy because I loved this article:

The World’s Greatest Amabassador of Joy, the story about The Crown Prince of Basketball, Meadowlark Lemon. What a legacy he left!

Team Joy Rocks!

How did you scatter joy? Share below in the comments and come back each time you share joy to encourage others.

Live Joyfully

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  1. vic
    February 18, 2016
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    February 18, 2016

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