Most of life for the most of the people is what we think to be normal. By normal I mean that our days aren't always trouble filled, nor are they always joy-full. We rise to face the day, we work to provide income to live on, we take a shower to not be offensive, we eat to sustain our health, and all of these are necessities. Suddenly, tragedy comes, and life moves far away from the mundane daily routines. Tragedy can come in different ways. The worst is someone close to us passing, none of us want that to happen ever, but it comes.
Then there is that day when our daily rut is jolted with really good news; that loan for your dream home gets approved, you get a promotion on the job, or get the news you're going to be a parent! These are the days we long for. The person you like the least in life becomes a pretty good joe, because you are full of joy, having received good news. You have a great outlook, your job is really a good job, everything sounds good for dinner, even filet of carp.
Tragedies come seldom in life, but those events are indelibly branded in the brain. Joy filled days come with more frequency, but are forgottenmuch easier. Our focus needs to be on that moment of joy, and find the way to accept that having a joy frame of mind is, rather should be our heart's address, where the heart dwells. I am convinced that for me, I should not look to maintain happiness. Happiness is like a bird, and takes flight in the middle of my experiencing it. Joy can remain constant.
He, (God), gets angry once and a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter. Ps. 30:5 MSG
In recovery meetings for alcoholics and drug addicts, so many start living in the light of what they have learned by living sober. They have began to see the rewards of staying clean and sober, working and enjoying their job, getting their credit back into good standing, and amending their pasts. Things get good, they are living in that state of living where joy is at the center. For some unknown reason, they cease doing what brought them to this way of life...and relapse. Some never return from their embarrassment, some are unable to return, they die.
That isn't any different in the church world. A few small compromises, missing a few services, getting too friendly with pleasures that lead to debauchery. And the story remains the same in both examples. We want joy and try to work to achieve it, but when we work for it and it doesn't appear, we give in and give up. We need to be reminded, daily, how to maintain a life of joy.
If I fill my thoughts with the daily news, think about how I'm treated at home and at work, or how I don't have enough money to do things that need done, I'm sunk. I develop a attitude of defeat, I'm sunk. These are not the thoughts a child of The Most High. I need to fill my thinking with the reality not of who I am, but whose I am. I know me. I will finish this post, and go about my day or night, forgetting what I am saying to you. So having this great understanding of self, I am writing some post-its to myself, and sticking them everywhere I look in my home. These are reminders to me of Whose I am, what I have achieved through Christ living in my heart, what God has done for me... and what He is doing tomorrow. I want to live a joyful ife, realizing that tragedy does come, but have the bulk of my remainding years, centered in the freedom of choice, choosing joy.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.