What does carrot dangling mean?  

“It’s a false bait to take advantage of you.  A carrot dangler is someone who promises something to help you out, to give you something, to introduce you to someone…and never comes through.  When you try to collect on the promise, there is always some reason why they can’t give it to you right then.”- unknown

Have you ever chased a carrot, only to be let down?  

Sure, there are many outward things we can pursue and obtain in this life.  I wanted to include love & joy in the obtaining, but realized that love & joy can only be known fully through a missing link.  This link makes it pure and complete. 
No carrot dangling here!  No state of uncertainty with this promise, but a sure thing.  Here is a promise of love & joy perfected.

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love…these things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

 John 15:10-11

This is not a fleeting love or joy but one that is a continual discovery.  A love & joy that can be known through the one who IS love & joy in totality.  

The link to this promise is found through Jesus who paid the ultimate price of death on the cross, to pay the penalty for the sin of humanity.  

If you do not know Him yet, repent (choose to turn from your sin) and ask Him to come into your heart and be your everything.  To lose your life is to gain it!  The promise of His joy & peace is for those who believe in Him. 

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God…

John 17:3