Friday, October 16, 2009

The Transformative Element of Joy

Change is often difficult to come by. This is especially true when it comes to the deeply ingrained issues within our lives. Many resort to all kinds of tactics in hopes of making some progress. Often, these approaches to change bear little lasting change.

During these times we forget that Jesus said He actually came to "give us life." And, not just life, but "life to the full." Part of this life, as characterized by Jesus, should encompass joy.

Perhaps at times, joy is the missing component in our endeavors to undergo personal/spiritual transformation. There have been a series of experimental studies done in regards to a person's behavioral response to doing various tasks. The core catalytic ingredient causing change was simply joy and a little bit of creativity.

Experiment #1: Take the Stairs

”Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do?

Experiment #2: Pick up Trash & Use the Trash Can
To throw rubbish in the bin instead of onto the floor shouldn’t really be so hard. Many people still fail to do so. Can we get more people to throw rubbish into the bin, rather than onto the ground, by making it fun to do?

Perhaps some of us don't so much need a more structured plan for development, rather a little joy and creativity.

What creative and joy-filled practices can you think of for personal and spiritual transformation.

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