Consider it Joy
God’s Word doesn’t say we should be happy when things are tough, it says we can choose joy *when* (not if) we face trials. Why? Because the testing of our faith produces perseverance in us. Something good is coming from the experience. I can be sad, even mad, about the circumstances and still choose to live with joy knowing that He is at work through it all.
Now, I’m only human and even though the Spirit is the source of my ability to live with love, joy, peace, etc (Galatians 5:22-23) I am still limited by my humanity. Sometimes that means I put boundaries in place. My energy needs to go to the areas of priority for my life and not what others want me to do. I get to say no. No I’m not answering that message, taking on that project, or generally meeting others’ expectations. I may not be able to be the shoulder for someone else to cry on today.
I am at a place in my life where I’m perfectly fine with knowing that others may misunderstand my choices. This is especially true when I just provide a polite, “I’m sorry I won’t be able to at this time,” “No thank you,” or “I’ll say a prayer for you” instead of sitting down to commiserate over the matter. (By the way, I will pray for you, I just may not have the emotional capacity to carry the details on my heart and mind and truly believe, God knows them!)
I hope you find a way to say no today if it’s needed. I pray you find moments of joy no matter how tough the stuff is today.
Have a faith-filled Friday my friends,