It is totally possible to live in peace and joy even in undesirable circumstances. When you find your heart drifting towards negativity, you can make a choice to redirect it.
- Sometimes just changing your physical activity or location is all it takes to shift your attitude. This is one reason why physical exercise is so important. I really enjoy walking. When I get moving either on the treadmill or on my favorite path, my mind kicks into positive mode. I can literally fight off mental attacks and get into agreement with God’s promises if I walk long enough. It usually only takes ten or fifteen minutes for the shift to kick in.
- Watching a good comedy can be very spiritual. Laughing is so good for you. I particularly enjoy watching old sitcoms. They tend to be very wholesome and really get me laughing.
- Cloudy weather can start to negatively affect my mood after a couple days. There are special kinds of lighting you can get to help with this. I find that closing all of the curtains and turning on all the lights helps me a lot.
The Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We need to stay in joy so that we can be strong to live out our lives as shining lights in our families and communities. It is impossible to represent Jesus well if we walk around frowning the majority of the time.
If you are living with a lack of joy, determine to do what it takes to get into peace so that it can overflow into joy that spills over everywhere you go.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
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