We have all had those days. Those weeks. Those months. Those years. Those times it feels there is a constant black cloud hanging over your head. Life seems empty, and it gets hard to get out of bed and start your day. You just feel flat. Can anyone relate?
It can be easy to become overwhelmed by our circumstances, which we end up giving way more power over us than they deserve, and we often forget we don’t have to live this way.
There is a way out!
Joy, not to be confused with happiness. Happiness can be defined as fleeting feeling, state of well being, or a pleasurable or enjoyable experience. Joy, on the other hand, is to be exceedingly glad, in a state of mind that doesn’t change quickly, which isn’t dependent on our circumstances. Joy is everlasting and allows for deep contentment, no matter what is going on around you.
Where can you find such a joy in todays broken and chaotic world?
Joy is found with Jesus. Our relationship with Him is what gives us the reason to find joy in our struggles. It is in this that we can have faith that perseverence will not only build character, but that His plans for us are for good and not to harm us. He promises in Isaiah 61:3 that He will make something beautiful out of even the worst circumstances.
Are you struggling to find joy in your life? Are you desperately wanting to experience a deep sense of peace, but don’t know how? I encourage you to continue to ask God for joy. Spend time getting to know who He truly is, and read the Bible.
Don’t forget that in hard times our faith grows, and that there is a good reason to rejoice in hard times.
Find small things to find joy in each day. A beautiful sunset, a newborn baby, or a stranger smiling at you. There is joy in every day. We just need to spend time looking for it.
So today, choose joy that will see you through any storm, and don’t let your heart become hardened, bitter or overwhelmed by what’s going on in your life. Rather rejoice and be glad!
“In your presence is the fullness of joy”