A Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah Day

Have you awakened to a new day with that Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah feeling? But then you run into that person that irritates the Zip right out of you?

People! You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. The bottom line is that we need each other. At the same time we drive each other crazy.

But is real joy this fragile? If joy is that unstable, is it genuine?

Seventeen times the biblical letter to the Philippians mentions words like joy, gladness, and rejoice. Is there a key to having joy in relationships, not just in spite of them?

There’s a transformative principle that will bring joy into any relationship. There is a key to having authentic joy with the people with whom we interact. What is it?

The writer of Philippians said,

“Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy.”

Philippians 1:4

This principle works! Simple, pray with joy for them. Now don’t stop reading.

But how do I do it? We have a biblical example in Philippians 1:9-11 (NLT).

First, pray that their love will grow. “I pray that your love will overflow more and more.”

Second, pray that they will make wise choices. I pray “that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.”

Third, pray that they will live with integrity. “For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.”

Fourth, pray that they will become like Jesus. “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”

So simple, yet incredibly difficult! There’s nothing complicated about this transformative principle, just do it and watch it work.

What makes it so difficult? It is our tendency to be discontent, gripe, and complain. We would rather moan about how bad that person is and wish they would change.

I’m to pray for that person I detest? That’s right. It’s a choice. Choose to be miserable or choose to be sacrificial by making these four requests to God for them. You will be more joyful. Watch what God does. Put some Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah into your prayers for others.

Want to know more? This Sunday at 9am, I will continue the series, “HOW TO IN-JOY LIFE: Simple, but Difficult Steps.”

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Find us at BalboaBaptist.Church. Our mission is to bring all people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and help them grow toward Christian maturity through love, prayer, worship, teaching, and service.

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Pastor Denny

Pastor, Husband, Father, PawPa

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