In the hustle and bustle of each day, we are faced with many common and often frustrating scenarios. We have a choice to make each time this happens - choosing joy or letting the frustration control our attitude.
This choice of joy doesn’t mean we don’t feel the frustrations of those days. It means we learn to pull our joy from the love and grace of God and let your attitude reflect that.
It’s important to learn how to choose joy in the simple, irritating moments in life. It is also important to choose joy when we are faced with more urgent situations like a financial crisis, health dangers, and the possible loss of life. We must know how to find that joy when our circumstances are grim.
The key is found in the words of Jesus. "Remain in me, as I also remain in you ... I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."
(John 15:4a, 11)
The prophet Habakkuk puts it this way: "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord , I will be joyful in God my Savior."
Be encouraged to find ways to choose joy no matter the circumstance. Whatever our situation may be, let's look at it with fresh eyes.
Mike and Daphne