Choosing Joy

We all go through tough times, that’s just life. But how we respond to tough times is up to us. Even in hard times we can choose joy. Joy and Happiness are two different things. Happiness comes from happenings that give you a feeling of bliss. Joy is something you choose.

According to Rick Warren, “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”

I am so thankful that I can choose joy even during the struggles of my life. Paul said in Philippians 4:11 “…I have learned to be content in whatever the circumstances.” I am so grateful that I can be content whether I have a lot or a little. It truly is a choice. Be careful of the comparison game. It will rob your joy. Any time we start comparing ourselves to others or what they have, we start feeling discontented.

Be grateful for your life. God created you with a special purpose in mind. No one else will ever be you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Believe me my friend, you are not a mistake. Be the best you that you can possibly be. It starts by choosing joy. When you know that God is in control of your life and you trust Him, you can have joy even when things don’t work out like you’d hoped. God sees the big picture and knows what is absolutely best for you. I am a living testimony of this.

Philippians 4:6,7 says. “6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

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