Joy is a choice.
My spiritual father recently told me this profoundly wise statement. It isn’t glamorous. It doesn’t “feel” good. And it isn’t what I wanted to hear. Why? Because it puts me in control of my feelings. It puts me in control of my thoughts. It puts me in control of my response to circumstances around me.
This year I have struggled. With negativity. With complaining. I am stuck in a negativity bubble. And I can’t get out. As I confess and pray about it, I have the solution. Now, I am faced with a decision: do I want to take control and get out of this bubble?
Have I gotten used to this bubble? Maybe deep inside if I search myself, I want to let circumstances control me. My responses. My thoughts. My actions.
Joy is the narrow road. I know I want it. But, can I choose joy?
I have spent too much of my life letting others have control. Letting circumstances control.
It is both terrifying and refreshing to know that I can be in control. By my response. By my thoughts.
Joy is a choice. It is a decision that puts me in control. It ultimately puts God in control. One of my favorite verses that I like to meditate on is, “in Your Presence is fullness of joy.” Psalm 16:11
If I choose Joy, I choose to be in the Presence of my Savior.
Let’s chat: how do you intentionally choose joy?