YOLO. You Only Live Once, (not a James Bond movie BTW). DYNT. Do You, Not Them. These are just two of the many current goofy sayings, especially prevalent in social media. While people have always juxtaposed letters and made up slang, the new ones floating out there just seem a tad too self-indulgent and self-important.
So how about this one: JOY. What does that word or acronym mean to you? I’m sure there’s a lot of things that come to mind, but think beyond getting that new iPhone or hooking up with that special someone.
The word Joy can describe a great way to live our lives: Jesus Others You. Jesus first, next others, and then yourself. With Christ first in your life, the incentive to help and take care of others and to put their needs before your own just naturally happens. And there’s definitely joy in that.
But what does that mean to put Christ first? It means that your thoughts are on Him. You put His will before your own. You serve Him before your own needs. And when you abide by His commands and act in a way that is pleasing to Him, you will achieve a joy that cannot be experienced by living an otherwise selfish lifestyle.
Mary was just a teenager when the angel Gabriel, sent by God, appeared to her and let her know that she would bear a son and name Him Jesus. Greatly troubled by this, Mary pondered how this could be since she was a virgin. The angel responded “For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “…be it done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:37-38 (NASB).
Mary believed. She had faith. She put God’s will first. Mary was righteous in the sight of God and became the mother of Jesus Christ.
So how about we choose a better saying. A better way. How about YWnm.
YOUR WILL not mine.
Start today. Live your life for God. Put Him first in everything you do and see what remarkable things you can accomplish when you follow His Will, not yours.