I will finish up this three-day series on finding joy during times of sorrow, pain, and heartache, with a quick word on impermanence. Everything is always changing. Just take your breathing for example, the breath is constantly changing. Sit still for a minute, close your eyes and focus on your breath. The inhale changes to an exhale, over and over. This is a very simple example of something that is changing quickly.
It’s those times when our souls are hurting that it seems as if the world has stopped and nothing will ever change. Proverbs 16:22 assures us that this time is going to pass. I am sure you have heard that old saying, “This too shall pass!” Whenever I hear someone say that, I cringe a little, because I am the type of person that wants to know when. When is this time of difficulty going to be gone? Well my friend, this time is going to go away as soon as we realize there is always something still beautiful to be grateful about in our lives. Yes, even when we are hurting. Especially when we are hurting. I am not silly enough to think that we will not hurt again, because just like that inhale becoming an exhale something will cause us pain again and we can again choose joy.
When we choose joy and let God see into our situations, our hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away our joy!
Here are some simple ways to choose Joy:
- Start a gratitude journal. Write 5 things you are grateful for today.
- Pray for willingness to forgive the “it” that caused your pain.
- Go for a walk and focus on all of the beauty around you.
- Call or text someone and let them know you are thinking about them.
- Volunteer for something you are passionate about.
What are others ways you choose joy? I would love to hear from you!
Dear God, Thank you for change and choice. I pray that you will guard our hearts and when we are hurting Lord, you will see over our pain and help us to overcome the difficulty and heartache. Help us to choose joy. Amen.