Happiness is a choice and I choose to be happy. We are commanded to count all things JOY and in my life’s challenges, I have determined that to mean that I am not to give up. Despite my circumstances, I am to seek blessings. I’m not going to lie, sometimes it is an extremely difficult task. We’ve been through some pretty low points. The secret: a determination to find blessings, happiness, and joy, because even in the low points, we are learning valuable lessons along the way. Others are watching our walk and our reactions to each new pit and valley and that puts the pressure on to keep a decent testimony.
I am burdened by those going through significant personal, health, and financial challenges. I find myself thinking about my friends and praying for them as often as they pop into my mind. My heart is heavy because I truly understand. We have been there, and we are there, and we will be there again. How can I encourage them? What is my secret?
My comfort comes from the promise that if we know the Lord, he will never leave us. Even as we take our last breath, He will be right with us and will be there to greet us on the other side. I am comforted by knowing that when the Lord calls my loved ones home, that I will be able to say, “see you later”.
In Daniel 3:25: Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were placed in the burning fiery furnace for not worshiping Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. Observers noticed a 4th image in the fire, and the men exited unharmed. This story reminds me that I must remain faithful and lean into my Maker when afraid. He doesn’t promise that he won’t give me more than I can handle. He promises not to leave me and that brings me daily comfort when the heat gets turned up in life’s fiery furnace.
Today has been a foggy day for my favorite guy. He has pushed hard, had a lot of stimulation, and has not been getting his naps. When he takes those dips, I could let fear overcome me, but it is my choice to just live. I’m going to take today for what it is, and tomorrow for what it is, and in the meantime, I’ll do my best to JUST LIVE.
That’s the best advice I have to give.