One of the most evident truths about me is captured in one sentence.
“I am a truly joyful and happy person”.
I am not joyful because I have my entire life figured out, or because I have hit all my goals.
I am not joyful because I live in lavish abundance and supply, or because I am married to one of the rarest species of a man found upon the face of planet earth, far from it.
I AM joyful and happy because of the presence of someone dear to my LIFE…
The Holy Spirit. (aka The Holy Ghost).
The truth is, I am on this journey where my state of mind is not dictated by circumstances and happenstances, but ruled, guided and guarded by HIS presence in my life.
..And yesssss, He is a joyful spirit, and I can attest to this…
You can say I am a chronic OPTIMIST, and that’s because I have seen verdict changed, and lives transformed.
A frequent question people ask me is, “you are always smiling, do you ever get sad?”
I smile, and respond.
YES, but it happens rarely.
And when it happens, there is USUALLY one or two EXPLANATIONS, which are:
I am either incapable of fully expressing the depth of who I AM as a result of certain circumstances at a given moment.
I am in a position where I have FIXED my gaze on the wrong pictures. (emphasis on the word FIXED: fastened securely in position).
And when I catch myself in those positions, my experience, I have known myself quite well that I know what, what and what I can do to change or alter my feelings. (I call them, MY JOY FEEDERS).
Sadness is a symptom that something is misaligned, or a gaze is misdirected.
Sadness is an unarmed robber who steals all you have, and even all you hoped to have.
Sadness speaks, it is a lonely sadist who constantly seeks company, and anyone unoccupied by internal joy is a willing host.
When it speaks, do you recognize what it is saying?
Do you know your happiness or joy feeders?
Do you know your sadness threshold? How far is too far?
Do you have have the self discipline required to pause the sad button, and play the joy feeders?
Perhaps this post is concerned with encouraging you, and helping you through these seasons:
- The blurry and unpleasant one.
- The unnecessarily long one.
- The painful and uncertain one.
FOUR(4) wise counsel, ONE(1) superior life hack.
1. TRY NOT TO LEAVE YOUR JOY IN THE HANDS OF LIFE.
2. NEVER LEAVE YOUR JOY IN THE CARE OF PEOPLE.
3. FILL YOUR JOY BUCKET WITH SEEMINGLY SMALL OPPORTUNITIES THAT BRING LAUGHTER
4. WEAR A SMILE ON YOUR FACE, IT IS SOOTHING.
5. INTENTIONALLY BUILD YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and live life from the overflow of your Koinonia with HIM.
Thank you for reading. See you next week.
I love you.