I've been thinking about joy today. Elusive sometimes, isn't it? And yet, it's within our reach. It's within the moments of every day. It's there for us to choose. "To choose?" you might ask. Yes, to choose. When you wake in the morning, do you say to yourself "Today I am going to have a crummy day? Today I choose to be grumpy. Today I choose to look at the wrong side of the fabric and live my life with fear, anxiety and desperation. Today I will let bitterness and anger rule in my heart." Of course, you don't. Who would choose to have a bad day?
On the other hand, however, how often do you get up in the morning and say "Today, I choose joy! Today I will look at the brighter side of things. Today I will trust God to direct my footsteps. Today I will look on Him for all I need. Today I will say "Yes" to His purposes for me. Today I will be grateful for the things I have, the gifts I am blessed with, the people who grace my life."
Ok, so the first one is a little extreme. But what if you wake in the morning and open your eyes, take a deep breath and say "Today, I choose joy." How would that change your outlook? Maybe just try it right now. Breathe in deep, and as you slowly let it out let your heart say these words...."Today, I choose joy."
Today I choose to trust in God. Today I choose to give all my trials, fears, worries to Him. Today I choose to live a life of thankfulness. Today I choose to love those around me with the love of God...not my own weak version of it. Today I choose to forgive and let go of the things that hurt me. Today I will let those who matter to me know it. Today I will give as God would have me give.
Today, I choose joy.
P.S. I read one of my favorite blogs today and the post there was also about joy...Oh how I love the way the Lord works. Here I am thinking on this very topic, and one of my favorite writers was also there.
Here is a link to her page...it is a beautiful post, even though a little heartbreaking.
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