“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”-Romans 12:12
Today is a new day. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised. Despite what is happening in our lives, we should walk in joy. This is something we should do every day. This is easier said than done. Happiness is based on what is happening in our lives. Joy is a great feeling no matter what is happening in your lives. I never said it would be easy. God gives us more than we can ever ask him. Joy is one of the fruits of spirit. Joy is something that we ask God to give us despite having a bad day, trials and tribulations.
How do we ask God for joy? First, we should pray. We just cry out to God. God is not expecting an eloquent speech. When we talk to God, he promises to meet us. In James 5:13 it says, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” Prayer opens the door to talking to God. God loves us unconditionally and he accepts our honesty. Joy is a gift that we can open every day of our lives. This is despite whatever good, bad or in between is happening in our lives.
Next, we should surround ourselves with people who will be with us in the valley, on the mountaintop and in between unconditionally. There will be days that it will be hard to put one foot in front of the other. It is a blessing to have people who will help you on those days when you cannot spell or see joy. Proverbs 18:24 says, ” A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. ” As we ask people to live out life with us unconditionally, we need to do the same for other people. All us need community and it works both ways. Community makes the difference.
I hope and pray that no matter what comes your way that you will walk in joy. Joy is easier said than done. God gives us more than we can ever imagine or comprehend. Having community is essential to help us live our best days. Being the one who receives and gives unconditional love will bring unspeakable joy. I will leave you with one of my favorite passages: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. “