Day 39

October 4th, 2014

Shield“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen. Today I choose joy. Tomorrow I choose joy. And the next day. And the next. I am determined to allow joy to consume my life. The joy of the Lord allows me to me joyful in spite of things that are beyond my control. I will not totally ignore distractions. I realize that if it’s raining, I must put up my umbrella to protect myself from the rain – otherwise I may suffer the consequences of getting wet, getting cold, and everything else that goes with not taking the time to protect myself. It’s kind of liked the armor of God. The protection is there. But the armor does me no good if I don’t take advantage of it and use it. Choosing joy does not place me in denial. Joy is a choice. And therein lies my joy.