The Joy Marie Kondo Can't Spark

Drawing from the collective insights of Marie Kondo, Joanna Gaines and many other home management experts, I rearranged our living room, drove out the clutters and carefully arranged my new different-sized throw pillows on the couch. I set out a new area rug and a console table that turned this space into a cozy welcoming home.

I took a step back and admired how beautiful our living room looked right now - so much tidier, so much prettier.

In my new found joy, I stepped away to attend to other household duties, only to come back minutes later to a living room that looked nothing like how I left it:

the throw pillows dumped on the floor like garbage;
the rug not in its rightful place;
and candy wrappers littered all over the console table.

The verdict was clear: my children were here.

I let out a frustrated grunt and begrudgingly reset the status of the living room.

The joy that Marie Kondo sparked was now long gone;
instead it was replaced with anger and frustration.

A Temporary Joy

Yes, a de-cluttered, tidied and thoughtfully decorated home does spark joy but it is only temporary because it is manufactured by man.

What our souls are longing for is the true joy that only Jesus can provide.

Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
— Hebrews 12:2

The day Jesus was crucified, he was motivated by a joy that was set before him.

Every whip that scarred Jesus’ body;
every step that Jesus took as he carried the cross;
every pounding of the nail that Jesus felt as he was nailed to the cross…
all these Jesus endured because of the joy that was to come when the work of redemption for you and me was finished.

When Jesus was seated at the right hand of the throne of God, he entered into God’s joy and he didn’t keep that joy to himself.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
— John 15:9-11

Our Forever Joy

According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, a dictionary that helps us understand the original text of the Bible, to have our joy be full means to have our joy be made complete in every particular. Our joy is to be rendered perfect.

A complete and perfect joy cannot be taken away as it says in John 16:22, “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”

a joy that cannot be robbed of by a messy house;
a joy that is sealed in Jesus.

When we receive Jesus into our hearts, we also receive this joy that Jesus endured for.

This is a joy that cannot be robbed of by a messy house;
this is a joy that is sealed in Jesus.

We cannot let Satan distract us with the promise of earthly ‘joy’ that we forget about the joy Jesus has already given us.

Let our hearts be reminded of the love of Christ, allowing us to see clearly the joy that comes from our heavenly dwelling place.

That is a joy that not only sparks but stays lit for eternity.

Action Steps:

  • In Jesus’ name, ask the Father to restore in you the joy that comes from a heart dwelling in Christ’s love.

  • Seek forgiveness from your family members if you had sinned in your frustration due to a messy house.

  • If you haven’t received Jesus into your heart, I encourage you to do so and let His joy be made full in you. Share with a trusted Christian friend about your decision to follow Christ; or, you can message me here.