Pastor Becky Jo Messenbrink
Recently a friend said they had looked up the definition of joy and discovered that it means “exuberant happiness.” That reminded me of a plaque that another friend gave me several years ago that read, “Happiness is not a destination; it is a journey.” Joy = exuberant happiness. Sometimes we have a tendency to believe that we will be happy when…when we get our degree; when we get the perfect job; when we find the perfect girl or guy; when we can afford the perfect house; or maybe even all of the above! Yet how many people do we know who have everything I’ve mentioned who still are not really happy? We are told that living in the Spirit provides all those fruit, but while many say they have the fruit, my experience is that what they say and how they live don’t always match.
But what happens when we live God’s way? God brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Galatians 5:22-23.
“Then the son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him…” Luke 15:28
You can feel live music, in ways you wouldn’t be able to feel recorded music.
When performers are in concert, they hold nothing back. They give all their energy to singing their songs. And so do those concert-goers.
Various light, video and special effects (even fire!) enhance the concert-goers experience of music. (When the band Fallout Boy sang “So light ‘em up” and the flames shot up from the stage floor, you could feel those words more intensely)
Concert goers love when performers play the music they know (and performers are trying to constantly expand the music known by their concert goers by playing the new stuff).