Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
The psalmist says, “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises” (Psalm 34:1). Joy is defined as a happy feeling. It can be influenced by internal and external changes, hence we must discipline ourselves to maintain our joy.
Some time ago, I was driving on the highway approaching a toll plaza. As I joined one of the lines to pay the toll, a motorist suddenly cut in front of me. I thought, “Oh well, apparently he is the only one going somewhere.”
We have no control over people’s actions but we can control how we respond. We can get upset and lose our joy or find something for which to be grateful and maintain our joy. The Bible says, “God gave us a spirit of self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). Therefore, we can choose to maintain our joy in unfavorable situations. The prophet Habakkuk wrote, “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).
When someone treats you unfairly, it is not about you so do not take it personal. They have unresolved issues and choose to release them on you. They could have chosen someone else but God allowed them to choose you. As such, ignore them, give God thanks for his goodness and continue walking in your purpose. In some instances, you can respectfully tell them that you do not appreciate their behavior. You might even need to sever some relationships to maintain your joy. Whatever decision you make, do not give anyone the power to take away your joy.
You might ask the question, how can I maintain my joy when I have no job, or my loved one is sick or my child’s behavior is bordering on uncontrollable? The Bible says, “…in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). You can praise the Lord and maintain your joy because he is working through your situation for your good. When you focus on God’s goodness and practice praising him in all circumstances, your joy remains constant. Even in the midst of challenges there are many things for which to be grateful.
Disclaimer: The information given is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.