Joy suckers. We’ve all seen them, been around them, shoot some of us have probably even been one ourselves at some point. The big question is what do we do about them? “Just stay away from them.” Says Mr. Sherlock with the captain obvious answer but for most of us, that’s not an option we have the luxury of. If it’s your spouse, hopefully, that’s someone you can sit down and have a heart to heart talk with but what if it’s your boss or someone you work with. Being around joy suckers will literally suck the life right out of you. Within a few minutes of being around them, you can go from feeling on top of the world to mentally and physically exhausted. So what can you do to prepare yourself for the onslaught of “thou sucketh away my joyeth”.
1.) The most important yet hardest thing we can do is pray for them. Whaaat! Yes, I said it, I know it’s not what you wanted to hear but hey, don’t shoot the messenger. As a Christian, you should already know prayer works and sometimes all it takes is a simple prayer to turn something big around. “But I’ve been praying, and nothing has changed.” You say. Then it may be time to look at yourself as well. Ask yourself is there something I am doing to instigate this or make things worse? Being around joy suckers for a long time can and will weigh you down. It can be easy to throw in the towel and say “Well if I can’t beat’em, I might as well join ’em” but just like the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:33 ‘Don’t be deceived, Bad company ruins good morals.’ If you let your guard down around a joy sucker before you know it, you’ll become one yourself.
2.) God gives us the weapons we need to fight off joy suckers but here’s the biggest secret (don’t tell anyone you heard it from me) the only way for someone to take your joy is if you give it to them. BOOM! All jokes aside now this is the honest truth. Jesus explained his gift of Joy in John 15:11 when he said, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” How awesome is that! Jesus took his joy and put it inside of you and me the day we became Christians. But it goes one step further with another promise in Psalms 16:11 “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Let me repeat the word forever).
So, hold on to the promises that the Lord gave us, cling to the everlasting joy of Jesus Christ. Write down the promises of Joy on a sticky note and put it on your desk, in your car, on your bathroom mirror. I don’t care where you put as long as you can see it and read it often because the more you remind yourself of the Joy that’s living inside of you, the less likely you’ll be to let someone take it from you.
3.) The last thing I want to mention is that it’s important for all of us to understand that God may have put us in a specific circumstance on purpose. You mean God wants to make me miserable! No, silly that’s not what God wants but don’t forget we’re all vessels for God’s love and His will. He might be trying to reach out to that person through you. You might not see it but if you stay on the right path and choose to stay joyful, yes I just said choose, you are going to be dropping little joy seeds all around you and who knows one might just take root in someone’s soul.