I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart,
Down in my heart to stay.
But do we? If we’re honest, all too often we don’t feel joyful. Instead we’re bogged down with cares, worries, or even complaints. Or at least I know I am!
If we find ourselves in a spot where everything seems miserable, maybe it’s time for a perspective shift! 🙂 Rather than focusing on our failures and everything we haven’t gotten done, it’s time to be grateful for the victories God has given us. And the triumphs we have had.
What are the things you have accomplished? How many “little” blessings in life are you not noticing?
Sometimes the real issue is our outlook!
We all have a choice. We can choose to focus on the negatives. Or we can choose to rejoice in God’s goodness:
- the pages we did get edited
- time spent with family (reading God’s Word together, playing games, cooking, cleaning . . .)
- the part of the song we did get arranged
- the blessing of reading aloud together
- the beautiful sunrise you only saw because you were woken up early
- the many opportunities we have today
- cheery smiles
- food in abundance
Instead of focusing on what went wrong, what still needs doing, or what we wish could’ve been the case, we need to give thanks. Choose joy!
Maybe we’re so focused on what we failed to do, the time we wasted, and what we wished we hadn’t done, that we fail to see how good we really have it!
It’s so easy to fall into the ungrateful, woe-is-me trap. Next time you find yourself slipping down this road, stop a minute to remember all the things you have to be grateful for. If life seems all horrible, take a step back and praise God for the gifts He gives in abundance!! Praise Him for His mercy and compassion. 🙂
I know I don’t want to spend my days overlooking God’s rich goodness that He pours into my life daily. 😀
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4
So here’s the challenge! This week choose to focus on God’s perfectness rather than your imperfectness. Note the many gifts God gives you, rather than magnifying the negative happenings. Choose gratitude, contentment, and praise–choose joy!
O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:1
It is of the LORD‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
What gift have you been reminded of today?