by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Would you say you live life to the fullest, or do you merely go through the motions each day?
I’d have to say I’ve allowed my circumstances, at times, to determine which end of that spectrum I land on for any given day. But is that really how Jesus wants us to live? Bouncing back and forth between living fully and merely existing?
In her devotional, The Confident Woman, Joyce Meyer states enjoying life is a decision that is not based on enjoyable circumstances. She says it is an attitude of the heart, a decision to enjoy everything because everything has a part in God’s overall “big picture.”
Many years ago I realized being happy and being joyful are not the same thing. Joy is something that lives inside us because we belong to Jesus. Happiness tends to depend on circumstances that surround us.
In the midst of the worst life throws at us, happy is not a word we’d choose, but we can choose joy. We can choose to live life to the full, regardless.
Satan wants to steal our joy. He wants to kill the enjoyment we get out of living life as God intends. He is a thief who wants us to be joyless. Don’t let him steal your joy.
We can blandly go through life just existing, or we can enjoy what God has given us, regardless of the circumstance we find ourselves in.
Daily Spiritual Refreshment for Women puts it this way. “A hope-filled person will realize that abundant life in Christ isn’t about simply enduring the storm but also about learning to dance in the puddles.”
Jesus came to give us life, a great full life. Let’s dance.
How do you choose joy when Satan tries to steal it from you?
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The robber comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I came so they might have life, a great full life. John 10:10 (NLV)
I wish you well.
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