Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Where's the Happiness and Joy?

This morning I must have gotten out on the wrong side of the bed!  Today was the first day back to school after Christmas break and my sons weren't very excited about it.  They didn't want to get up!  Anyone have any hints on getting teen boys who are bigger than you out of bed in the morning?   It was raining -- in fact, it sounded like it had been raining all night.  That means that my naturally curly hair is today very naturally frizzy.  Not a pretty picture. I couldn't find my belt this morning, so I have a slight sag in my pants.  I'll be pulling them up all day long...  I forgot coffee!!!  I was held up in traffic by an accident -- not a bad one, but everyone had to look, you know. Which means I was slightly late for work.  Still raining.  There was a pile of stuff in my chair at my desk.  And I had to rush to the boss's office immediately because something should have gone out at 8:01 a.m. (I get to work at 8:00!!).  Oh, boy.  Needless to say, I did not have a cheerful attitude.  In fact, my attitude was quite grumpy (and I am still working on it).   

Somehow or other this reminded me of happiness and joy.  No, I wasn't happy this morning.  In fact, I haven't been the last couple of days!  I should be, my sons are now home after a little more than a week with their dad and his family.  They have been in a wonderful mood, and I even caught one willfully giving money to the other last night when he came up short a few dollars at the cash register (my grin could have lit up the store, I was so proud!). 

Anyway, what's all this got to do with happiness and joy?  Circumstances in my life dictate my happiness.  I am not always happy, even though I love to laugh.  However, I need to remember that my joy comes from God, from my security in Christ as my personal Savior (Galatians 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law).  My joy can never be taken away!  No matter what!

I John 1:4, "And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full."  (Read the whole chapter!)

~ Reese  :-)

1 comment:

  1. My friend we have those days where nothing seems to go right, and we get frazzled but as you said nothing can steal your joy. I do pray that the rest of your day that day went very smoothly for you.