This last week has been one of those weeks where I found myself going from one thing to the next, with little time in between to do anything. Ever had one of those weeks? As we were approaching the weekend, Emma and I made a decision that changed the way we went through the weekend we had ahead of us, with all it’s busyness. We decided that we would thrive through everything we had to do, that we would do it all with joy and excitement rather than just trying to survive through it all. That changed a lot. I could notice our whole countenance shifting and although we were tired from all the painting of a church building, worship leading, driving to the west coast to lead a days training, driving to Aberdeen to be with family, we were able to do all this with genuine joy in our hearts.
Seriousness is not a fruit of the Spirit. We weren’t designed to go through life being all serious about things and allowing our circumstances to take our joy away from us. Yes, we were busy and tired by the end of the weekend, but we chose to do it all with joy and laughter, and that changed everything. The enemy would love to rob us of our joy at every opportunity, because he knows that is where our strength lies. It’s the joy of the Lord which is our strength, so let’s choose joy today. Let’s choose not to be swayed by what is going on around us.
We are called to thrive through life, not just survive. When we put our trust fully in God and hold on to His promises, nothing can stop us from moving in to what He has called us to do. I refuse to allow myself to become swayed by finances, circumstances or anything else that will try to rob me of my joy today. So, may you be filled with joy today amid your circumstances, may you choose to thrive rather than merely survive today, God is a God of abundance, He wont let you down.