I don't know about you but since I have started this study I have been trying to start my day with the choice to have joy. As I get out of bed, I remind myself "choose joy."
The other day as I got out of bed, my mind set on a day filled with joyous thinking....I made it only fifteen minutes before someone stole it from me. Someone that will remain nameless (I'm married to him), started in on a conversation that I really wasn't prepared to have so early in the morning. I am not a morning person....give me at least an hour before you bounce around and shoot questions at me please.
As this person spoke, I recognized my mood changing and my joy slipping away. My brow began to furrow and my eyes became small slits with laser focus. All the time my brain was saying "wwwwhhhhaaatttt?"
Point is, in just a few moments my mind had changed from uplifted pleasant thoughts to frustration and irritation. My joy that I had started with was stolen within one short conversation. We can start out with such great intention and enthusiasm but be derailed in an instant.
Life is full of these type of joy stealing moments. If we could just get rid of the people and circumstances that steal joy our life would be so great, right!?! I can imagine it now..... Sitting alone in my office, no people, no work, nothing to do that would steal my joy. Doing nothing, going nowhere, speaking to no one. Alone. All the time.
Maybe it would seem good for a little while but after about an hour of NOTHING I would go completely crazy. Although people can rub you the wrong way, what would life be like without contact, conversations and love? And wouldn't it get really boring without different circumstances in life?
There are so many people and circumstances that attempt to steal our joy that we have to determine ahead of time to have joy. We have to determine not to let those things steal the joy we have chosen. We have to decide.... NO ONE IS GOING TO STEAL MY JOY TODAY! Then when that moment comes where you feel your joy slipping away you can say to yourself...."no, no, no, you aren't going to steal my joy! Not today. Today, I will have joy!"
This my friend is doing what the scripture says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. When we stop our thinking process mid thought and say "No, I'm going there!", we are taking our thoughts captive and determining how we will proceed within that moment. Our feelings and thoughts are not to control us....we should control them!
So today.... no....every day....choose joy and determine not to let it be stolen by the people or circumstances around you.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Posted by Sherri Watt at 5:54 PM