I Choose Joy
Every day is a new day. It’s a day to mold into something meaningful, something that has purpose. It’s a blank slate, ready to receive what we put on it. It’s our choice. Are we going to make it a good day by declaring words of grace and love to those around us or are we going to let circumstances dictate the worst in us? My wonderful husband knows I have a problem with this. Many days he will kiss me goodbye in the morning and look me in the eye and tell me it’s going to be a good day. Translated … you need to make it a good day. He is a man of positive thinking. A guy whose cup is always half full.
Thankfully my husband tries to nudge me on the right path, but I frequently don’t listen. Life changes with a blink of an eye. A really great day can be followed by some not so great days. But what is my response? Selfishly I want to let my emotions control my response to life, to daily circumstances. That’s the easy thing to do.
It is difficult for me to stop myself from choosing the easy way. Stop before I think those agonizing thoughts that this current circumstance will never end, that the pain and suffering I feel will always be with me. Instead, choose what I know to be true … choose joy. I know it to be true because I have chosen it before and it does work. Ann Voskamp says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength and the person of Christ is your unassailable joy – and the battle for joy is nothing less than fighting the good fight of faith.” It is within reach. I just have to choose wisely. And yes, it’s a battle. A battle between my will and the Spirit’s will within me.
So the question remains, will I choose the easy or the difficult? I’m thankful that I have a husband and a Heavenly Father who don’t give up on me but gently encourage me to choose the difficult. In choosing the difficult, I choose a life filled with joy and one increasing in faith. Once chosen there is so much around me that shouts joy … a smile, laughter, a hug, a precious kiss, a beautiful song! So today I choose joy, and the more I reach for joy, the easier it gets throughout the day. My prayer is that I can do the same the next day and the next.