Joy can result from one of many sources. Whether its your first date, graduating, marriage or the birth of a child, each elicit an expression of joy. However, the heartbeat of joy comes from hearing individuals speak that which is right.
My inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right, Proverbs 23:16.
When Billy Joel completed his piano ballad Honesty in 1978, his lyrics reference the lack of shame people display after failing to tell the truth. While the words are vague about who or what event Joel is referring to, Billy acknowledges that honesty is such a lonely word. The longer truth is hidden, the slower the heartbeat of joy becomes, sucking the life out of many.
Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him, John 18:38.
Truth is similar to talent. You may not be able to fully explain what it is, but when you see it, you will recognize it. The more people experience truth, the better you will feel, rejuvenated by that which is right. May the beginning of a new year, 2017, motivate you to seek what is right so that your heart will rejoice.
by Jay Mankus