I’ve been taking stock of my joy the last week or so.
As a rule, I tend to focus on what I don’t have and what’s not right in my life rather than what I do have and what’s great in my life. My Man has always been the optimistic and me…not so much.
But that is not what we are called to do. One of the first (and there are not many…yet) scriptures I memorized was John 10:10. But I have come to give you life and to give it abundantly (the Susan Smith translation). In Philippians, Paul talks about being content in all circumstances. I always took this to mean he was always able to find the joy.
Sometimes I have to try really hard to find the joy. Even when it is slapping me in the face.
My goal for 2013 is to find the joy. That doesn’t mean I mourn less; doesn’t mean I don’t care or ignore the hardships that come my way. I’m just choosing to keep my focus on the joy in my life; the things for which I am thankful. Which, of course, includes a list:
– a warm, bright fireplace on a chilly morning
– a comfy couch to sink into while I’m writing and watching the sun come up
– furry, loving critters who hog the bed and wake me in the morning with soft stretches and kneading paws
– a husband who braves the cold and wind to spoil me with fresh-brewed Starbucks coffee
– three children who make me laugh and cry, often within moments of each other
– family and friends, near and far
– full cupboards and fridges and freezers (oh, my)
– so much stuff I have to continuously give things away
– health and health care
– God-given gifts and abilities
– fuzzy slippers
– a loving, God-fearing, bible-believing church family
Just to name a few.
Be thinking about all of the things you are thankful for this Holiday Season. Especially on those days filled with hustle and stress…
Love you guys. Chat soon.