Hi, guys, we have a treat today. Our Life Lesson this week comes from my son Chris. He is the owner of Atlanta Painting Company. If you are in the Atlanta area and need some painting done, check him out. You won’t be disappointed. He is also the one who just had the new baby boy that I shared about here. He’s sharing some life changing wisdom here.
As I sit here to write this blog I’m in the hospital room waiting for my second son to be born. My wife and I are excited and anxious to meet our special gift. We have been waiting for nine months to meet this special person. It’s moments like these that finding joy is easy. It’s easy to find joy when you get the promotion, your kids get into the college of their choice on a full ride scholarship, or when you’re on that magical vacation of your dreams. When things are good it’s always easy to be joyful, but how do we find joy when things aren’t good? How are you joyful when your spouse loses a job or you get passed over for a big promotion?
What is joy? Webster’s defines joy as an expression of happiness. Joy is an outward display of how we feel on the inside. My mom always said growing up that all feelings are ok. We all get to be mad, sad, glad, angry, etc. Having those feelings is perfectly normal, the big question is what do we do with them? Do we turn them into destructive actions or do we use them to motivate us? Here are three key things to allow us to find joy in all things.
1.) Be Generous. Give when you can’t give or you don’t think you have the resources or time. Proverbs 11.24 & 25 says “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” God promises that when we focus on others he will focus on us and refresh us. He will give us the joy to get thru the difficult times.
2.) Learn. Life is a journey and everyone one is going to have ups and downs. The joyful people understand that pain is a part of the process. Assistant Basketball Coach at University of Michigan Bacari Alexander says “joy and pain are like rain & sunshine both are essential to growth” Learn from your mistakes, grow from your mistakes, always be working to become the person God intended you to be on this earth. He put you here to do awesome things.
3.) Enjoy. When life throws you a curveball go with it. My brother-in-law Luke went to Michigan his dream school. He does everything possible to get into vet school over a two-year period. This was his dream this is what he wanted to do and it didn’t happen. What’s crazy about it is he found another opportunity that pays him to get his graduate degree and pays for all his school. This is an incredible opportunity that wouldn’t have been possible if life had gone the way he planned. The moral of the story is we don’t get to control what life throws at us, but we do get to control how we react.
Enjoy the journey cause you only get one shot at this life.
The joy of life is in the journey. Learn to give, learn, & enjoy in this life you will start to find joy in all things.
Thanks Chris! I appreciate you sharing with us all.
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