If you have been following my story of personified Joy, you may remember that Joy and Gratitude skip, dance, laugh their way into the sunset, all the while making friends along the way.
Peace and Patience wait for their friends in the still waters by the moonlight, speaking in hushed tones of deep subjects, suggesting ways to be catalysts to change.
Kindness stops along the way to show the love of Christ to those in need, or simply to those who are just there.
Today we walk briefly with Goodness and Mercy.
These two accompany Kindness, but while Kindness leads, Goodness and Mercy (also known as Love) follow behind. They are always agreeable, always pleasant, and never in a hurry.
They travel well together because they have similar tastes and personalities. They help keep the new friends of Joy and Gratitude on the path-the right and good moral and ethical path. When the travelers are tempted to stray down beautiful and tempting side paths, Goodness and Mercy gently remind them that this is the way...walk in it (Isaiah 30:21). This is why they choose to walk at the back.
"Trust us," they tell their new friends, who are often anxious to get to the sunset and frequently attempt to take short cuts down paths that lead to dead ends.
"We've walked this path many times. We know where those paths lead, and they will only bring you pain. This path, the one we are all on will bring you to a life fulfilled."
Like Kindness, Goodness is often mistaken for some of her less authentic relatives. The Goods often mask their true motives for doing good things, things also referred to as good deeds or works or the "right" thing.
True Goodness is unique in that she has a built in compass that not only helps travelers find their way, but directs them to the heart of God. This is where they truly find right and good.
Mercy walks alongside Goodness to prevent robbers, like guilt, shame, anger, and unforgiveness from robbing the travelers along the way.
While Kindness goes ahead, Goodness and Mercy quietly retreat in order to protect.
I hope you've been enjoying my imaginative, yet very real friends! At some point, they will all be in a longer story, one that has been birthed in this Intentional Joy series, and is currently being written.
Stay tuned the rest of this month to meet more of my friends and to see where they all end up! If you think you know, you may be surprised. Heck, it might even surprise me!
Don't forget that I'm giving away free books! THREE winners can choose a book from my list (click here to access). All you have to do is comment-on here, by email or on Facebook! I'll keep the giveaway open till the end of the month.
Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears (Margaret Feinberg)
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food (Lysa TerKeurst)
Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the Mind (Joyce Meyer)
Audacious (Beth Moore)
Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits: 14 New Behaviors That Will Energize Your Life (Joyce Meyer)
Planted: Sit, Stand, and Walk With Jesus--a 10-week Bible study (Annie Pajcic)--This is the Bible study I'm currently doing that I've referred to several times in this series.
Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes (Robert McGee)--This book changed my life many years ago.
God is Able (Priscilla Shirer)
Thank you for continuing to read, support, and encourage me! I value each and every reader.
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