I want to pass on a treat to you. It’s yet another app to implement into your life, but I believe you’re going to love if you utilize it. This one is a daily devotional by John Piper with the primary focus of helping you develop a true sense of joy! Who doesn’t want that!?
I’m back to blogging this week after a break because of moving, being ordained, friends getting married, friends needing counsel, and so much more! I found out about this website and application weeks ago and was immediately excited about it. I meant to share it right away but then started the weeks of crazy-busy.
In the last few weeks of such hectic (but good) living, Margo and I have had some serious times of learning and growing.
Though it be tiring and frustrating at times, a positive aspect of doing ministry and helping others when they are in sin, is that it forces you to look outside yourself. Even more so, it forces me to look to Christ and depend on God for sustaining and equipping.
What’s this have to do with the app? Well, during all of this time, we downloaded this app and it’s helped to provide some serious mental and theological refreshment for our days. It’s always a sweet reminder in sometimes a not-so-sweet day. Plus, there’s a whole year’s worth of em!
Most of all, it to has helped keep the focus on Christ. Piper always points to the supremacy of Christ in all things… I do believe this outlook brings a true abiding joy!
So without further delay, I want to tell you our top few reasons for liking this app, and provide the links for you to jump over to the site and download the application if you have a smart phone.
Eight Other Reasons For Enjoying “Solid Joys”
- God commands us to renew our minds. You know why? Cause he knows we need it! We are constantly bombarded with messages from culture and selfish desires that can erode good solid thinking. This is a great refreshment to help with that renewed thinking! We have friends that struggle with depression and anyone can depending on the lies you believe that day. We need renewed joy constantly!
- It’s short and to the point. These devotionals remind me a bit of the old Oswald Chambers devotionals in “My Utmost For His Highest” in that they’re quick and short. That makes it more appealing to others as we share it with them too! Not everyone likes reading as much as we do.
- They’ll make ya think! Short doesn’t mean easy all the time, and if you’ve ever read or listened to much of John Piper you know he won’t try to dumb things down for you. I really like that! Make me think. Make me contemplate. It’s good for me!
- Joy is not an abundant resource in most lives, but should be! Look around, it’s not. Piper could have written on any number of subjects, but I’m fascinated that he chose to revolve it all around JOY! It’s something that you have one moment and can be demolished the next if you’re not careful. It also erodes over time, because let’s face it, we all let our bitterness and selfishness get the best of us little by little. However, there’s infinite joy to be had for all because of Christ! This app points to Christ!
- It’s not all “feel good” or “positive thoughts” or even “check your attitude” kind of stuff. This is SOLID joys. As in, something that will actually hold up over time if you really do construct these truths through some good hard thinking in your soul. Again, it’s just about Jesus, even in hard ways!
- It directs your daily focus… all year. Again, Margo and I have had some hard and busy times, but the key to making it through these is to focus outside of yourself on Christ, first and foremost, and on serving and loving others. When we do this, there’s joy to be had everywhere! When we focus on ourselves it breeds fights, lies we believe about ourselves, and all sorts of disabling nonsense. It benefits nobody. This app helps keep that focus pointed in the right direction.
- It’s been sovereignly clarifying. Many times already have the concepts in the devotional for the day been a clarifying word in something we’re working through with others or in ourselves. Love Piper’s theology or not, nobody can say he isn’t a good hard thinker and man does he value clarity and the word of God. I love it.
- It’s great for using with friends! I’ve mentioned how Margo and I have shared this with many people and how it’s helped us in our interactions with them, but one of the greatest things is that it’s fun to say to your friends, “Did you read the Solid Joys for today!?” We’ve had great discussions with a couple of our friends because of it. It’s easy and accessible for anyone being on the web and on the phones. Plus, I don’t have to write it myself! Just talk with them about it! Gotta love that when you’re busy!
Alright. Now just click this link to Solid Joys and go get it for yourself!
We’ve used this for a few weeks now and have super-enjoyed these “Solid Joys” every day! Our friends have too! Hope this motivates you to give it a look and give it a whirl for a while! Let me know what you think!
Have you been using this app / devotional already? If so, tell me what you think so far? If not, are you going to now?