Joy is prayer; joy is strength; joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch love. Mother Teresa
Happiness is an inside job. A choice worth fighting for with application. As you grow in life, there will be situations, that will attempt to take your joy. Unexpected things may happen. How well a person deals with tests is actually a testament of faith.
It’s worth fighting for. The spiritual battle of all things working to steal, kill, and destroy you only means that the attempts will happen but they will not prosper. What will work is having life and that more abundantly. I love this message version of John 10:10. This abundant life requires being focused on all things good and less on things which takes away from that. Relationships are powerful. Your environments are as well. The words we say can destroy or add life to it. Think about it for a moment. Are your conversations adding value or draining you? If it’s necessary, remove the toxicity like it’s trash. Otherwise, it’s going to stink. I was recently told that the N.Y. Times had an article that being around positive people add years to your life based on a study. That’s REALLY something to marinate on. So when you say, “I don’t have time for that.” Mean it. Perspective is everything.
For example, recently a couple people came out of nowhere wanting to argue with me. I’m minding my business. One suggested that I should pursue something that goes against what I believe in. I respectfully told the person, “That’s cool for you, but it’s not for me.” The person went on to attempt to persuade me that because they chose that, it’s what I should do also. I laughed it off. I chose not to continue with the discussion. Some just want to argue. Then project their “stuff” on you. When you come to a point in your life where people pleasing is not a priority, everyone will not be happy with your decisions. They will be fine.
Your decisions must add value.
Your relationships must add value.
Your conversations must add value.
Your life must have value. Your time is valuable and expensive. Let it not be wasted. It is an investment.
Anything that devalues it, must be reevaluated.
No one can steal your joy without your permission. Your happiness matters. Does anyone have that much power to control your happiness? If so, that’s too much power. Just like Maxine Waters boldly stated last year, “I’m reclaiming my time!”
You’re created for such a time as this. Every friendship, relationship, or interaction should be valuable. Not in the form of coins, but in the form of an investment. There is power in happiness. Choose wisely.
Many settle for less for the sake of happiness. Especially for my single friends, joy starts with you before adding another person in your life. Intimacy with God gives you direction. Nehemiah told the people, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Are you in a season where you have grieved over someone that has moved on? Betrayed? Your love has value. Your time has value. Your joy strengthens you and your world.
Checkout how I maintained joy after experiencing my own tests of happiness. Click here.
Until next time,
Have your own methods of how to maintain happiness? Feel free to comment below!
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