Thursday, August 05, 2010

Choose Joy

(This is a little blurry - but it's a picture of the Iobsts about to engage in a Lazer tag war.)

Abraham Lincoln said, "I have found that most people are about
as happy as they make up their minds to be."

I am a naturally optimistic person; I was born that way, I think. It's just part of who I am to try to find the silver lining in life. Not to say that I am always happy. Not at all. In fact, I've dealt with depression, both chemical and emotional. But a while back I made a decision. A choice to choose joy.

Joy is not always about emotions. It's about belief that God is in control. So when I choose joy, I am choosing to believe that God has my back, no matter what. Ergo, I find myself looking up (literally and figuratively) often.

A woman told me once that it was easier for me to have a happy-go-lucky attitude than her because she was not born optimistic like me and she had gone through some horrible experiences in her life. I don't want to sound cold hearted about anyone's hurts, but pulllllllleaassee! A positive attitude is not some nebulous ephereal substance that sometimes may happen to fall upon us. IT IS A CHOICE.

Choose to see something good in that person who is irriatating as helicopter. :0)
Choose to think about something wonderful that is possible in your life.
Choose to hope in God, even as you are crying in pain.

Choose Joy. Practice today. Choose Joy.


Cheryl Barker said...

Great outlook, Robbie. Much like "love is a decision". So glad we have a heavenly Father who makes choosing joy something we can do each day. I'm with you -- I choose joy, too!

Jan Parrish said...

Yes. Great point. And the by product of joy is that it's contagious.