“Everything seems to go wrong when you feel weak and depressed. But when you choose to be cheerful, every day will bring you more and more joy and fullness.”
Proverbs 15:15 TPT
Some of the things that steal our joy are the circumstances we face in everyday life. But what about when all is calm and we are just WORRYING about the next disaster? These worries, doubts, and negative thoughts steal our joy one little nugget at a time. Before we know it, a beautiful day can turn into an imaginary catastrophe.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?”
Psalms 27:1 NLT
Why SHOULD I worry? I have The Lord on MY SIDE! If we take comfort in knowing that He is beside us in every battle, then why spend our time worrying when we are in between battles?
God wants us to be FILLED with joy!
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
John 15:11 NLT
Through His love for us, He wants us to experience so much joy that it overflows us and spreads to others as we show God’s love to them.
If we are too busy living in the negatives of our lives, we are not living the joy-filled life that He intended for us.
We may not be able to share His message effectively.
We may miss an opportunity to help those that He wants us to help.
We might not be there to encourage our friends when they need our support.
We may be failing to serve our purpose.
We don’t have to pretend that our lives are perfect. We don’t have to hide our struggles. But we should be reflecting His light and revealing His joy in the midst of these struggles.
We can’t dwell on the bad things that have happened to us in the past. We can’t let our worries linger.
Choosing to live with the stress and the worry weighing us down is the SELF-focused choice.
If we find ourselves focused on OURselves and OUR problems, we can be certain of one thing – we are not focused on Him.
If experiencing joy is limited to times when everything that you’d hoped for is going exactly as YOU planned, then you have got to adjust your definition of what joy is and where it comes from.
We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can control our attitude. We CAN choose joy.
We start by:
– Choosing HOPE over worry
– Choosing FAITH over fear
– Choosing GRATITUDE for what He has blessed us with over grief for what we have lost
– Choosing SURRENDER over control
Dear Heavenly Father, I just want to start my day by praising Your name and thanking You for all of the blessings that You have brought to my life. I want to embrace the joy that You provide. Let it flow through me to everyone I encounter today. Amen