This practice of intentionally seeking the joy within each day has been a real atmosphere changer for me. You would expect that a strong christian woman like myself would automatically see things in a positive light. That maybe I wake up every morning singing verses and hymns and never toss my blankets all night with worry.
I hope you are chuckling with me as you recognize the silliness in that assumption. I precisely chose the search for JOY in the "31 Days of _____" challenge because I needed to find it. I had slipped into an awful habit of listing the negatives of each day, ignoring, and so, not recognizing the positives. As if the bad stuff that has happened around me needs to be looked at and examined again and again. Why?
Today I do not know why.
It makes no sense at all.
Did I expect to be called upon to list them someday and need to justify my sadness or disappointment?
Sounds pretty silly. Now. (By the way, that means the joy search is working!)
I've written before about the idea of "taking our thoughts captive" and choosing where our mind will go, rather than allowing it to wander willy-nilly all over the place like a basket full of kittens. This joy finding experiment has given me another tool to aid in taking our thoughts captive. It is easier to pull our thoughts off the bad stuff if we have a clear idea of where to direct them.
Find the JOY.
Pull up the carpet if you have to. It is there somewhere.
Even if the only joy you can find is something as small as ...."Well, I am breathing today."
That's something! Rejoice in it. Revel in it. Thank God for it.
My JOY FIND for today is that it now seems silly that I needed to do this. It did NOT feel silly when I chose it, and that shows that my mind and heart have been changed by this blog challenge. Yay! Thank you Father.