Yo-Yo: Twiddling Your Thumbs (Bored) - Friday
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.
As a kid, I experienced turbulence in my home. I remember fighting through some dark days to find happiness. But, as I came into a relationship with Jesus I began to see that what He had to offer was joy - an internal anchor that could only come from Him, in spite of what was happening around me. I came to see and still to this day find that joy (what I know versus how I feel) is unhindered by circumstances.
Solomon found the essence of happiness to be fleeting as well. Happiness, in and of itself, did not bring lasting value. He found this to rise and fall in his life. To chase happiness, he said, is like chasing the wind. It would only bring a temporary satisfaction with no promise of real meaning. Solomon realized that apart from God there is no possibility of lasting enjoyment.
God invites us to something real, lasting, and eternal. It’s a joy that only He can give. One that, in spite of our circumstances, brings hope... and that is where our joy comes from. We can crush boredom with joy. It is contagious to those around us. And its root can often be found in gratitude.
If you were to list all your blessings; what would you find? Sometimes if we adjust our focus our heart follows suit. God’s promises and God’s blessings serve as stabilizers in our spiritual journey! Happiness only gives a temporary jolt, but joy gives us an eternal mindset.
- I love this picture of joy that Scripture gives us in Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Take some time today to reflect on how the joy of the Lord is your strength. Ask God to show you ways that He is at work in and around you in spite of your circumstances.