My pastor’s sermon this past Sunday was centered on living life joyously. A well-planned and appropriate topic as we enter into our holiday months which features thanksgiving, joy, peace, and love. Normally I am right there with his sentiment, but I am falling short this time.
Generally, I am the glass is half full kind of gal. I always look for the positive in any circumstance. But recently, I feel like the cheerleader in me is sitting on the sidelines with a big pouty face, and no rah-rah left in her. So starts the pity party.
I know, first world problems, right?
I am truly blessed. I have a beautiful family, my health, a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and food in my belly (maybe a little too much). So what is wrong with me?
I need a little perspective adjustment and to CHOOSE my attitude. It is all about choices for me.
When I am melancholy (and we all experience it at one time or another) I have to face the fact I am not in a right state of mind and need to focus on finding my way back to appreciating my blessed life. How do I do this?
PRAY-I don’t always feel like doing this, but it is a must. It helps me re-center, recognize and find my joy. I am able to lay down my blues and woes to Jesus and leave them at His feet. I can release the sadness and worries and lighten my load. It may not be overnight, but I eventually fill up with His truth and am reminded I am adored.
READ-Another choice I make is to read the bible. It is full of stories of how others who have experienced similar circumstances chose God and walked with Him, regardless of the outcome. Life is not perfect and the bible is full of examples of poor choices, forgiveness, redemption, and fulfillment. God’s mercy and grace gives me the ability to acknowledge I have a pretty awesome life and should be thankful and humble about my reality.
ACT-A third choice for me is helping others in need. Volunteering is a way for me to provide compassion and concern for another person and demonstrate God’s love for all of His people. When I can feed the homeless, take supplies to hurricane victims, and pray for the sick and grief-stricken, I am reminded how wonderful is my situation and how I need to give back to the less fortunate.
Bottom line is I have a choice in my perspective and attitude and know what I need to do to keep myself positive and uplifted. Guess what? I am feeling more positive now after reminding myself of what I need to do in order for my desired outcome. If you find yourself sometimes feeling the same way, give it over to God and see what He can do for you. I would love to hear any suggestions which help you change a downer day into a grandiose celebration. Please leave a comment below. Blessings!
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”. Romans 12:11-12
*The Holy Bible, New International Version Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society