I believe we choose our response to our circumstances. Even in the midst of grief or frustration, we can act in a way consistent with our beliefs instead of our emotions.
I also believe it is easier to live that out some days than others.
Days when you forget the access card you need to do almost anything at work.
Days when you have a backlog of work because you were on vacation.
Days when the negative seems that much worse because you were on vacation.
Days when the power flashes and your computer loses the work you had open.
Days when the software systems glitch and no one is able to fix it.
Days when your coworker says you look like you’re on the verge of tears.
Days when the doctor’s office submits erroneous info to the insurance company.
Days when your child finishes practice early and tells you just as you park at home.
Rainy days. Snowy days.
How do you win on a Monday like that? How do you choose joy then?
I write because I need to be reminded. I didn’t get it right today. So far, I didn’t win. I mean, if it’s between myself and Monday, there’s no contest.
The thing is, my joy doesn’t come from Monday even on a good day. My joy comes from God. What He has given me beyond this day-t0-day life. He’s given me eternal life. Peace.
It’s a peace I can feel, an emotion I can choose, when I tell my mind to go there. Ignore Monday. Remember and count the blessings.
Days when my husband understands the barrage of demands against me.
Days when my daughter is healthy enough to run on a track team.
Days when my car starts every time I turn the key.
Days when the power is on, the water is running, and the home is warm.
Days when the friend calls to say she’s expecting or her daughter is a national champion or she’s pursuing a new dream to teach in her field or regaining her health after years of struggling with her weight.
So I put myself in time out. I remember the verses engraved on my heart.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The Spirit has given this to me. It’s done. Even if it takes me all day to remember, this is how I win on a Monday.
Refocus. Choose joy. It’s hard, but it really doesn’t get any simpler.Pin It