I Choose Joy……….
I choose joy in the face of unanswered prayers. I choose joy in the midst of an uncertain tomorrow. I choose joy in my loneliness. I choose joy when the darkness of grief and unhappiness overwhelm me. I choose joy when the world around me chooses violence and hate. I choose joy when others choose to hurt with their words and their actions. I choose joy when I feel the sting of rejection. I choose joy when I just don’t understand.
Why do I choose joy?
Because by making the conscious choice, I do not rely on the circumstances of my life to dictate my happiness. By choosing joy, I follow the commandments of my Lord to point others to Him. By choosing joy, I show love, mercy, respect, grace. By choosing joy, I live in the light rather than the darkness. By choosing joy, I walk by faith and not by sight.
Most of all, by choosing joy….. I trust there is a God who is greater than whatever I am facing at the moment. I say to those around me, I believe in His unconditional love, and I will live in the midst of that love – JOYFULLY!
The Lord is my strength……. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. Psalms 28:7
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10b