“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk 3:18) When is the last time you were really excited about something? Was it a gift you received? Was it reconnecting with someone you haven't seen for a long time. Or, maybe it was watching your favorite team win a game, or make a great play. There is just something exhilarating about getting excited, isn't it? For a brief period of time, our worries and concerns take a backseat as we enjoy the moment. Getting excited can bring us a joy that smothers the things that steal our joy. Wouldn't it be great if we could be excited all the time? But where on earth can we find a continual excitement and joy? The scriptures show us that we can be excited and rejoice in the Lord, our Savior! And....the by-product is we can also find joy in Him. So how can we find this excitement and joy in the Lord? It's a matter of choice. We choose to make Him a part of every day that we live. He is our focus and what Jesus did on the cross is our daily reminder that we are loved, which brings us joy. That doesn't mean that friends and family are not important. It means that we start with the Lord and encompass our family and friends as we rejoice in Him. This is one way we become His witnesses - our excitement and joy in Him overflows to those around us. Take a pause and think about what Jesus did for you on the cross. It's hard not to rejoice and be joyful. The God of the universe thinks you are important enough to be saved from an eternity of misery. Whenever we include Him in our day and think about His love for us, there should be an excitement that wells up inside and bursts out for all to see. Others should enjoy being around believers. We are not part of His ministry team to be condescending toward others. Our mission is to let them see how much we enjoy having God as our heavenly Father and to observe His love overflowing from us in all that we do and say. Our joy should pique their interest in such a way that they want to experience the joy and excitement that we feel. When others see that we are sincere in our faith, and we sense the Lord's presence in our lives, hopefully it will point them to Him and He can change their heart as well. We aren't tasked with dragging them to God; we are to love them to Him. Christians should be happy people! The world can claim that Christianity is an institution, but there is no convincing argument against a person who has been made Christlike through the Spirit of God. When God is the light of our life, others take notice. They also take notice when we claim He is Lord, but our lives do not reflect He really is. Are you experiencing joy in the Lord? If not, why not? Does it excite you to spend time with Him each day? Is He the first one you turn to when you need guidance, support and encouragement? When you attend church on Sundays, are you excited to be spending time with Him in His house, or are you more concerned with the things within the church (music selections, attitude of others, order of service, sermon presentation style, parking availability, how comfortable the seats are, etc)? Pray, "Heavenly Father, when I think about You, my worries are softened and my excitement is stirred. I am overwhelmed when I think of Your love for me and how Your Son suffered a painful death to open the door for me to fellowship with You on a daily basis. Forgive me for not fully appreciating the joyfulness of the salvation You gave to me. I pray that my life will be a reflection of my faith and that it will point others to You. Replace any criticisms I have with excitement and joy of knowing You and Your presence in my life. Forgive me for the mistakes in my life when I sin against You, and fill me with the strength I need to overcome them. I truly love You and want to fully experience the joy of Your salvation!"