Choosing joy is not always the common reaction to circumstances… sometimes we want to be angry, upset, discouraged, or pessimistic. It is easy to justify our feelings…claiming that it “wasn’t fair” or “we deserve better” or whatever other justification the world has taught us to use to make ourselves “feel better” when life doesn’t go our way. We aren’t here to live a life that is peachy keen… we are here to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. James 1: 2-8 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. Let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Whatever our circumstances may be, we can choose joy, we can pray for the peace that passes understanding, whether you are dealing with the joy of being single, the joy of learning how to speak the truth in love, the joy of waiting on God’s timing. We can be joyful, thankful, hopeful, and prayerful, looking to see what God has in store. We have to take action, we can’t expect to stand here waiting impatiently for God to “bring us” the next step. We are CALLED to live for Him every moment of everyday. In our conversations, our workplaces, with friends, at school, everywhere. The joy we have through Christ should be drawing others to Him.
The last few months have stretched my understanding and my comfort zone exponentially. I have so much to be thankful for but sometimes I lose sight of the overall goal when the enemy tries to remind me of the obstacles or the unanswered prayers in my way.
Unfortunately for him, I am choosing joy today.