I wanted to write a post about a mission which I have been on, recently. That mission has been seemingly impossible to accomplish. But I’ve found that it’s actually not impossible; it’s attainable.
In our culture, you’re happy when you are a part of happy things. When chaos strikes and you find your life in shambles, we turn to grumbling and complaining. Our lives are filled with darkness and no joy. We forget the happy days which we once had, and instead, we wallow in our grief and discomfort.
What if, instead of being livid with anger or darkened by depression, we decided to find Joy?
Psalm 94:19 says:
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
Sometimes, I think we hold ourselves back from finding Joy. We know how hard it is to find her. After all, it’s not at the times of darkness where we’re happy, so why would we want to force ourselves to think of the happy times past?
It’s easy to find Joy when we’re surrounded by her. Yet, it’s a completely different situation when it feels as if she’s a thing of the past; as if we’ll never see her in our lives again.
But I tell you: You don’t need to be surrounded by happiness to be happy. Even Paul, in his discomfort of being in prison, said in Philippians 4:4:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”
I know it’s not easy. In fact, it’s the opposite of easy. It can be exhausting to find Joy, at times. Yet, it’s worth the struggle and the exhaustion.
Sure, our lives aren’t perfect. We all go through our own struggles, some exceedingly greater than others. We are still called to find Joy, though.
When we can’t find Joy in the people or circumstances who are around us, we must find Joy in the Lord. He is the One who should give us the most Joy and happiness. Without Him, we are nothing.
So, my good detectives, your new mission for this week is written simply, yet hard in doing:
Find Joy in Every Circumstance.
I’m right alongside you on this mission. Let’s fight the good fight, fellow believers!