I love Thankful Thursdays! Since I know I will participate each week, I'm more aware of what I can be thankful for all week.
It's a matter of perspective. You can make the choice to focus on what's wrong in life ...or you can be on the lookout for what's right and good. We can't expect perfection in this life but we can be grateful when we get glimpses of the good.
Philippians 4:8-9 says, "Finally , brothers, whatever is true, whatever is
noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such
Happiness focuses on the momentary. I enjoy a good book, a vacation, getting my toes wet in the ocean, hiking in the mountains. I look in my closet and see a dress that I just HAD to have and at the time I was so happy. But the moment passes and the emotion doesn't last ...as time goes on.
In contrast, joy is an emotion that can persist regardless of the circumstances. And this is why:
- I am a child of God
- I've received His free gift of salvation through Jesus
- I have peace with God
- My sins have been forgiven past, present and future
- My name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life
- When I die, I know where I'm going
- This isn't my real home; I'm just passing through.
- I will see my loved ones again in Heaven.
- I will live with Jesus forever.
So, when I remember and focus on these things, I can't help but ...be joyful.
I still may struggle with certain issues in this life but I don't have to get all upset about it. I pray and submit to Him and then live in obedience to what He would have me to do.
Now don't forget to visit Iris at Grace Alone. She's back to hosting Thankful Thursday and you'll find other participating blogs to visit. Let's focus on being thankful and remembering the joy of our salvation.