Joy can be defined as the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune, the prospect of possessing what one desires, or the state of happiness. 



James 1:2-3 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”



If you haven’t taken a moment to go see the Disney Drama “Inside Out” at the movie theater, I highly recommend you go see it. What I thought was going to be a cartoon kid like— film, turned out to be movie with an adult like thought provoking plot. Without sharing all the details of the movie, I will try my best to share a quick overview and my lessons learned.  


The movie is about an eleven year old girl name Riley and her five emotions that are alive in her head-referred to as headquarters. Her emotions are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. Each emotion plays an important role in her life. Joy has worked very hard to keep Riley’s memories as happy one’s; while overall Sadness feels that she has very little to no relevance.  


All of this changes when Riley’s family relocates from Minnesota to San Francisco. On Riley’s first day of school, Joy tries to control headquarters and orders Sadness not to touch anything. Joy advises Sadness to remain in a circle. Sadness steps out of the circle and begins touching Riley’s core memories. While trying to get Sadness back in the circle, Joy and Sadness gets carried away into Riley’s long term memories- leaving Disgust, Fear, and Anger in command at headquarters. During this time, operating on disgust, fear, and anger alone, Riley’s core memories which shaped her personality began to crumble.  


Joy and Sadness were then left with the pursuit of navigating through life (long term memory) to find the best route to headquarters, where core memories resided. After several days, while reviewing Riley’s long term memories, Joy gets the realization that Sadness had been necessary in Riley’s life- her realization- Sadness is the emotion that queues others to act when Riley needs help.  


GOD created us to be emotional beings.  Just like Riley we will feel various emotions. We will experience disgust, fear, anger, sadness, and joy. EXPECT IT. We cannot expect to grow in the spirit and live an unemotional life.  


Because of our emotions:

Examine our hearts.  

Become aware of carnal desires.  

Learn how to love others deeply.  

Get closer to GOD.


We all want to get closer to GOD. Instead of fighting our emotions, or questioning GOD about why we feel emotional, I challenge you to examine how you feel and ask GOD to help you grow in that area. Just like Riley we need to experience a little emotion in order to grow.  




At the end of the story, Joy and Sadness made it back safely to headquarters. Joy treats Sadness as an equal; as a result Riley’s core memories and personality were reshaped based on her experiences.    


When you get displaced from a place of comfort, your emotions will stir up. It is so important for us to take our emotions to GOD. Your faith is being tested and will produce steadfastness. Declare to be steadfast! Count it all as JOY! Let GOD reshape you. I DARE You!  



Dear God,

Thank you so much for allowing me to experience various trials. Your scripture commands me to count them all as Joy. For it is in those moments, that I learn to exercise my faith and remain steadfast in your word.  


Commit to the challenge. 

 I DARE you. ~ LeReca Monik 
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