Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Joy Not Misery

Philippians 4:4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! (NLT)

It’s true. Misery does love company. In some of my miserable episodes, making others miserable made them more bearable. Every truly unhappy person I’ve known wanted me to be miserable with them. And life does deliver some pretty wretched curves: divorce, job loss, peer pressure, back stabs, unfaithfulness, death, and unwanted decisions. But more often than not when I’m miserable I don’t covet someone else’s misery on top of mine. I need rays of hope, words of encouragement, hugs, an arm around my shoulder or someone to just sit silently beside me. It’s what others need too. I tend to magnify the negative, so I need someone to accentuate the positive-to assure me there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Miserable circumstances don’t mean God has lost control, just that I’ve lost perspective and need an encourager to help me regain it.

Life is always more enjoyable if lived with joy, and when we’re connected to a powerful loving God happiness is possible even in miserable circumstances.