Don’t you hate it when you lose something important? If you’re like me, you’re always losing things – keys, money, notes, glasses, your Bible, umbrella, and how about the most frustrating thing we lose…the TV remote control! Then, there are other less tangible things that we lose – our temper; our patience; our memory; and possibly most importantly, our joy.
And losing things can really mess up your day. So, if joy is a fruit of the Spirit, how in the world do we lose it?
Here are 4 simple steps to losing your joy – guaranteed.
- Refuse to forgive. In the words of Goob from Meet the Robinsons, “Don’t let it go!” Hold onto the bitterness until it turns into a venom that eats away at the very core of your soul. Just keep blaming the other guy, you’re the victim here!
2. Think negative thoughts. Forget all that Philippians 4:8 stuff, you’re a realist after all. Just let any thought that floats through your mind rattle around and snowball into a torrent of negativism.
3. Let your circumstances dictate your feelings. Grab onto the bar of that emotional roller coaster and ride baby ride. And maybe the best way of all . . .
4. Allow the busyness of life to cause you to chose the good over the best. Say yes, to every activity that comes your way and fill your calendar up every minute of every
day. With all this busyness, who has time to read the Bible much less pray?
I promise, you will have the opportunity to fall into all these traps, and if you take the bait, you’ll find your spiritual tank empty and your joy dried up.
Remember the words of Nehemiah 8:10, “The joy of the Lord is our strength.” May you find your joy and strength in Him.