We all want joy, and I have to admit, I haven’t always had it.
I go to an exercise class a couple day a week. At the end of the class, the teacher will thank us for coming and remind us of the other classes she teaches. Right before she dismisses us, she’ll say, “I’ll be here Monday at 8:30 and we’ll do this all over again.”
I have enough melancholy in my personality that I’ve always found routines a little boring, even when I was a young girl. Think about it. You get up in the morning, dress, go to school or in some cases go to work, come home, eat dinner and go to bed. But the rub is, you do that again the next day, and the next, and the next. Nothing there exciting.
As a child, I would look forward to the next special event, maybe a birthday party or a visit with a friend from out of town. Because day to day was dull. Unexciting. But then, I was attempting to find joy in everyday things.
Later, once I got older, I discovered life presented roadblocks, serious hardships that zap joy. Sickness. Death. Disappointments.
My attitude toward life runs contrary to what God says:
“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11
In that verse we learn God knows a better way to live. Joy is in his presence.
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
This verse teaches that our days are precious, not mundane.
Today my guest is Carol McLeod. Her newest book, Joy for All Seasons, offers guidance on finding that joy we all want. Listen and learn from her!