These words have been running through my mind. Joy is truly something I want more of. I’m generally at peace with my life and when I’m not – I fight to regain peace. But I have to admit – Joy comes in spurts. If I need a shift of perspective and the result is more joy, bring it on.
The first part of the statement that I really started pondering was where this person said, “don’t worry about thanking Him for what you don’t have yet.” It wasn’t a reprimand. In my life, part of building my faith has been recognizing that God keeps His promises, that He is trustworthy, and that He is good. As Father, Provider, Comforter, and Healer – when I have needs or wants I go to Him and ask. As hope sprouts up in my life – the hope that He actually wants to take care of my future – then faith is established that He will take care of all that pertains to me. In that, I thank Him for the things that I don’t see yet in my life, based on His character and the assurance of His great love for me.
The thing is, I get really focused on the things that I feel are lacking in my life today. When I feel like God needs to be reminded that I haven’t gotten my promise yet, I’ll thank Him nicely, in advance, for what He’s going to do for me. Then I start imagining all the ways He’s going to do it. It’s not a bad past time – but it still causes me to spend a lot (or most) of my time thinking about what is to come. In the meantime, I missing out on what is here today.
When I start thinking about what’s not in my life – yet, I’ve discovered that I really spend a lot of time in an imaginary world (that’s for a later post). I’ve been missing the real live miracle of today.
So, I’ve been trying to stop thinking about what I don’t have. This has been freeing up a lot of my thinking time. As I’ve been determined to look at what I do have, I’m even more impressed with how good my life is. I’m more grateful for how well God is taking care of me today. I see that He knows what I really need way better than I do. I don’t deserve this favor – but I’m thankful for it. In light of the miracle of today, I see something else forming in my life that wasn’t there a couple of months ago….Joy.