It’s hard to describe joy accurately. Some people may believe that joy means jumping up and down, gleefully clapping their hands. Others may think joy is raucous laughter. Still others may describe it as a calm, peaceful feeling with your lips gently turned up in a small smile. Personally, I think they are all correct.
Some days, finding the joy in the day is as simple as waking up and stepping into the sunshine. Other days, you may really have to search to find joy. Life is nothing if not unpredictable.
We stand on a shaking foundation when we focus on the things of this world. The challenge we face daily is to fix our eyes upon God before we allow the world to divert our gaze back to temporary worldly issues. This struggle persists throughout the day and we have to continually refocus on our purpose.
We must take every thought captive. Believe in the unseen. Remember God’s promises. Focus on what is true, good, and pure. Choose joy – whatever that looks like at the moment.
Every. Single. Minute.
Every. Single. Day.
When we allow the enemy access to our minds, we tend to get lost in the midst of the untruths he has planted. We wander around flipping through that collection of catalogued lies like they are old records in a vintage album store. When we fill our minds with God’s truth, however, we squeeze the enemy right out of our heads. Those lies become irrelevant and ineffective.
Today, I will choose joy – in all of its forms, no matter what it looks like today. I choose to stand on my faith and believe that I am who my faithful Creator says I am. I will focus on being grateful for all that I have, including my struggles. Without the challenges, I would miss the opportunities for growth.
“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:8-9 HCSB
“For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 HCSB