Day 19: Rejoice | Light the World

I very dearly wanted to add an exclamation (!) point after the Rejoice in the title, because that’s how it sounds in my head. We’re talking full-on joy, that feeling that permeates every cell of your being, that doesn’t go away—ever—because it doesn’t depend on circumstances or fun; it depends on the reality of the Savior’s Atonement and Resurrection. Rejoice! shouldn’t have one exclamation point; it should have hundreds, thousands, millions.

Jesus taught:

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad.”

—Matthew 5:12

What is there to feel joy in? Everything! Jesus Christ, our lives, our blessings, our family. The air we breathe. Everything. I’ve spent the last several months trying to help point people in the general direction of joy through my blog. Joy is a choice, it’s something we can consciously find (hence Choose Joy). The quickest way to joy and happiness is through service. It’s magic, it works Every. Single. Time. I promise. Lose yourself in others and you’ll find your joy. Here’s a quick rundown on how to be “exceedingly glad”:

  • Count your blessings.
  • Serve another.
  • Focus on another’s happiness.
  • Read about Jesus Christ.
  • Be grateful.

I can’t send each of you a personalized care package, but I’m sending you this post and this blog. Maybe you’ll find something that can help you. Or send me a message, and I’ll be your personal greatest fan (well, other than Jesus Christ).

Rejoice! And Light the World.

—A

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