Everywhere I turn today, something tries to steal my joy. If I can’t rejoice and be glad today, I will never rejoice and be glad. I will waste the joyous opportunities of today waiting for tomorrows that may or may not ever come. If I wait until life slows down, the sun comes back, the kids are older and less demanding, I lose some weight, my husband gets that raise, then I’ll spend my life waiting rather than living and being glad.
The joys of life are found in and amongst life itself. Yes, life is full of frustrations, disappointments, pain, and suffering; but no matter what we are facing, having an attitude of joy will allow us to find the good that God promises us is there. If an oyster can make a pearl out of an irritating grain of sand, just think what you could do if in every situation you chose to rejoice!
Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
Let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God.
I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author, Women of Faith speaker, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. See Lysa in person at the Women of Faith From Survival to Revival tour this fall. Find an event near you.
From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.