I learned to be a cynic at a young age and it worsened in my teenage years. In part, it afforded me the appearance of wisdom, when in all actuality, I was just a young, frustrated person who still needed to choose a worldview for herself. Part of me knew I was a downer, stuck in a rut, but there was no clear way out. Do you feel drawn to the people with joy, yet you can’t seem to keep it in your own heart for very long? Our culture will try to persuade you that it has
Stop and ask yourself this question: who do you want to be and what does that look like? It’s a timeless question that applies to all ages. The young girl, the teen, the woman. You are constantly growing and reflecting what is inside. Do you like who you are? Are you uplifting to others and do your words come from a place of love? Keep turning the knob of choices until you find the one that speaks to your soul. There you will find what we all crave.
Joy is not a well-kept secret that only the lucky few are privy to. It’s an inside-out sort of thing like the song by Diana Ross that I used to run around singing when I was little. I’m probably dating myself on that one, but oh well! Your joy is something you consciously plug into when you start your day on point.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 if you want to see where you’re going, you need light to find your way and a guide to get you there. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying ‘this is the way’.” Isiah 30:21
What does your morning look like? What does the ideal version of you look like in terms of quality, character, and in your relationships with others? How can you build fellowship with God into that sliver of time before the world comes calling?