Connections for Joy Are Always Available
Have you passed up any connections for joy this week? No matter what kind of week you experienced, joy stood by waiting for you to grab it. Did you? I must confess that I let my connections for joy slide by until about Thursday. It is often difficult to see the joy that surrounds us unless we focus on the blessings we do hold. Sometimes it takes a good friend or accountability partner to help you see the joy that is yours or perhaps you need a special collection box.
It seems that sometimes if we willÂ patiently wait,Â our problems will take care of themselves. Perhaps you can develop a system of learning to be patient with your problems like J. Arthur Rank, an early pioneer of the film industry in Great Britain. He called his system the Wednesday Worry box.
Rank determined that he couldn’t seem to push his worries out of his mind completely, for they always seem to slip back in. He finally made a pact with God to limit his worrying to Wednesday. So he made himself a little Wednesday Worry Box and placed it on his desk. Whenever a worry or concern came up, he wrote it out and dropped it into the box.
He quickly discovered that when Wednesday arrived and he opened the box that only a third of the items he wrote down were still worth worrying about. The rest managed to resolve themselves. But even when our problems, troubles, or worries remain there are opportunities to profit from them.
Profiting from Problems
When you have a troubled heart, you can ask God to give you a new perspective along with patience to wait upon Him. But during the waiting, you have plenty of available connections for joy. It is in our faith and trust that we can find the blessings of joy that surround our problems.
Trouble in our life isn’t an if, but a when. When you face a mountain or even a little hill you must consider it in God’s terms. For James clearly, says that we can profit from our problems.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. James 1:2 (NLT)
Seeking joy from troubling problems requires you to be realistic with a ready mind but a positive outlook. Difficulties can be turned into learning connections and joy can result but it requires you to reside closely with God, seeing your future with Him.
Waiting Patiently and Positively
There was a woman diagnosed with a terminal illness in which she had 3 months to live. As she began to get things in order, she contacted her pastor to discuss her final wishes. She told him of the songs she wanted to be sung at her funeral service, the scriptures she wished read, the outfit she wanted to be buried in, and her favorite Bible to be buried with.
As the pastor prepared to leave, the woman suddenly remembered something else. Very excitedly she said, ”There’s one more thing.” The pastor paused and waited. ”This is very important,” the woman said. ”I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”
The pastor wasn’t sure what to say and stood rather dumbfounded. The woman went on to explain. ”In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, as the dishes of the main course cleared, someone would lean over and say, ”˜Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part of the meal because I knew something better was coming ”“ like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie.
”So when people see me in that casket with a fork in my hand and they ask, ”˜What’s with the fork?’ I want you to tell them: ”˜Keep your fork. The best is yet to come!”
The best is certainly yet to come and in the meantime, you must be patient as you wait upon God’s promises. Even while you wait on earth there are many connections for joy to fill your life. God promises to be with you in the good or bad and that is a joy within itself.
Learning to Reach the Positive Plateau with a Ready Mindset
Every day you must prepare for troubles along the way, some of which will be small and others which may be large but this shouldn’t be a negative preparation. A life filled with positivity doesn’t mean one in which you don’t face reality. Refusing to face reality is unwise but even if the reality is negative you can still have a positive attitude towards it. The key is to remember and believe that God works good out of all things.
Facing reality with a positive attitude while trusting God and wanting His perfect will can be difficult. However, it is your trust in the Lord and beliefÂ in Him that everything will work out for the best that carries you through the fire. Knowing that even if everything doesn’t turn out the way you wish, you know with confidence that you will survive because Jesus lives in you. This is facing the facts with a ready mind but still being positive.
No matter the results of your problems or worry, God promises to be with you in the good and the bad. Patient positivity is the ready mode you must abide in order to capture the many connections of joy that await.
So challenge yourself to accept all things with a ready mind knowing that God is in control. Convict your heart to fully trust God and how He handles your problems, troubles, or worries. Find your motivation in knowing that God is in control and you hold the ability to connect with joy even in trouble if you are positive with a ready mind. Won’t you allow comfort to surround you? Knowing that God will not leave you alone with your problems for He always stays by your side helping you grow in Him. This, my friend, is a joy connection!
Love in Christ,
The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ”˜crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger, but recognize the opportunity.
John F. Kennedy
Credits Duncan, K. (1999, December 11). Collected Sermons. Daily Bread. Meyer, J. (2011). Battlefield of the mind, winning the battle in your mind. New York: FaithWords Hachette Book Group.
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Did you gather all your connections for joy this week? Do you find it difficult to remain positive yet with a ready mind? Share your thoughts on collecting daily joy connections in the discussion.