I had owned a Kindle for eight months. I asked my wife if she’d like to have one. She said she could never read a book that way. Then, two weeks later, someone recommended a book to her. She didn’t want to wait a week for it to arrive so she asked if she could order it on mine.
Within five minutes, she was reading the book. She paid less for it than if she’d driven an hour round trip to see if it was on the shelf of Books-a-Million. Within three days, I knew she needed her own if I was going to be able to use it myself. I ordered one for her. She read three books on mine before hers arrived.
A Living Testimony
A few days later, she called me when she got to work. She wanted to know how to register a Kindle to be able to buy books. Hers was already registered. I asked, “Have you sold another one?” She said, “Yes.”
Because she was sharing the joy of owning a Kindle, people started jumping onboard.
She didn’t know the specifics about how it worked, yet three people already wanted to buy one. She didn’t get a commission. Kindle wasn’t going to praise her and pat her on the back for her efforts. That’s not why she shared the joy. What she knew was the benefit of using one and how it brought her delight. She doesn’t care if others don’t believe her. Why should she? It works for her.
Joy Leads to Witness
Happiness is finding joy so great that you can’t help but share it with others. My wife did this with yoga, too. She converted me and at least ten others, too. I’m starting to wonder – isn’t this what Christianity is supposed to be about – sharing the joy?
I’m afraid Christianity has lost the joy that Jesus came preaching: “Change the way you think, the kingdom of heaven is here.” You can live the abundant life…a life infused with joy. So much of Christianity today is focused on law rather than good news. The appeal of all religions is the hope of finding more in life than work and suffering. People will be drawn to any religion that promises hope in the darkness, peace in the storm, joy in the midst of sorrow, love that overcomes apathy.
So, where is the joy in your religion? Are you experiencing it? It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand how it works. All you have to do is believe it for yourself. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Once you do, then you’ll start sharing the joy because it’s bubbling out of you.
And if you’re giving up something for Lent, don’t let that steal your joy. Do it because it fills you, empowers you, and nourishes you in your efforts to live the good news.