Join me for the Joy Challenge!
Hello lovely! I'm so excited you're joining me on this little challenge! Here's what you'll need!
- a journal, new or one you're already using
- a nice pen you enjoy writing with
- your bible (bible apps don't count)
- a nice cup of coffee and tea (optional)
I used to struggle so much with contentment and joy. Who am I kidding, I still do! But in the context of waiting for the right guy, I was a complete mess. Like, seriously, the worst. I wanted that thing, marriage, so badly and I couldn't understand why God would send me a guy to date and then literally rip him away in one to six weeks. The pain and agony of that was just overwhelming and would send me into bouts of depression. My world would seem so dark and grey and the ability to have joy was the farthest thing from my mind.
If that's where you are today, I feel ya. Or maybe you're pretty happy with your life but are still struggling with desperately wanting the next thing. I feel ya there too.
But how am I supposed to do that?
Have you ever read a verse like that and thought, "okay....so that means I can only find joy the Bible and in church stuff..."? I feel like that's the way many Christians live; that if they find any sort of joy in anything other than "the Lord," church, or reading the Bible that they're super ungodly. That any spare time they have should be spent reading more of the Bible or else they are so unspiritual (no seriously, I've met people like that...I've dating guys like that). I definitely believe we should be finding joy in reading the scriptures, going to church, and serving! But I don't believe those are the only things we can find joy in.
I'm going to approach this whole joy thing from a slightly different angle this week. I'm sure someone else has come up with this before but this is how I started becoming just a little more content, a little more joyful, and a little bit more okay with living the single life.
Finding joy in the gifts the Lord has given us.
Imagine your dad gives you a super nice gift for Christmas. Maybe it wasn't what you wanted but it's still so great. You respond, "Dad, why didn't you get me what I wanted!" And you storm off and pout. Or you respond, "Thank you so much, Dad, this is great!" And you start playing with it and having a great time. Which response do you think will make your dad happy? Duh, the second one. I believe that's what we do all the time when we refuse to enjoy the good things the Lord has already given us because 1) we're so discontent we can't see straight or 2) we don't allow ourselves to enjoy them. Now if you pour all your attention and energy into that gift and ignore your dad and cry and scream when He takes the toy away for a minute, then the toy is an idol, okay, so don't do that. But I strongly believe God wants us to enjoy the good things He's given us in our lives! It's so easy to focus on what we want and forget everything we already have. Not only forget, but also never enjoy. And what's to say we'll actually enjoy that thing we want so badly if we can't enjoy what we already have?
The Joy Challenge is all about learning to enjoy the good gifts the Lord has already given us all! I'm so excited to share this first good gift with you, because it's one of my favorites!
Much love, Maegan