Part of living a life of joy is learning to embrace the imperfections. It’s a rocky journey towards the land where your standards are met and things are closer to your ideals. While on that journey, it’s easy to feel that the possibility of joy is a long way away.
There are definitely times when I wish for a more favorable hand of cards in my life. Sometimes, I strive for that “someday.” Someday, this will change. Someday, I will be able to do this and do that. Someday, I will have this. Someday. Someday.
It’s when I live for that “someday” that I find myself incapable of joy. Instead, I live a shell of a life, where my days are sapped of hope and my lips are full of complaints. Complaints are excuses for living a powerless and joyless life. It’s tempting to hold onto them. But, complaints and joy cannot coexist.
In the Lord, there is a well of joy available to all that is willing to tap into it. Apostle Paul knew of this well. He drank from it daily. This is why he says in Philippians 4:11-12, “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
The well of joy does not exist in the time and place where all things finally fall in line. It exists in the Lord, and it is available for you today. Your life will always have a million reasons to rejoice and a million reasons to be burdened. Sing of the first, and surrender the latter. This is the key to beginning your joyful life. Don’t just count your blessings. Write them down. Shout them on a rooftop. Take a picture and slap a filter on them so that even your Instagram community knows just what God has done for you. As for your pains and inconveniences, release them onto the Ruler of the universe. You can do that… because that Ruler is your father.
I have much joy in my life, and if you ask for a reason, I can give you a million. I have a million grievances as well. I’ve just learned to sing of the first and surrender the latter… to dance on the rocky path I stand on.
In the following weeks, I will be going over some practical steps, thus beginning our first Soul Food series: Joy in the Ruins. I look forward to sharing more with you then.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” —Philippians 4:12