But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24
If you and I are going to finish our course with joy we are going to have to get out the “little things” in our life’s that continues to drag us down. In Galatians 5:9, Paul tells us,”A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” Satan has his “little things” of false joys he throws at us each day; sports, drugs, career success, pornography, etc. Many of the things he throws at us in of themselves are not bad; (There is nothing wrong with going to a ball game or being financially successful. However, if you live your life for your career or from ball game to ball game—then there is a problem.) There is happiness in each one of these for a short time but true, lasting joy only comes in know the Lord Jesus as Saviour.