It’s not easy to hold on to joy.
Sometimes the day has a way of wearing you down, stealing your joy bit by bit until the person who tumbles into bed exhausted at the end of the day is a shadow of the one who arose that morning ready to tackle the day.
It starts when you stumble out of the bedroom with solitary goal of getting the coffee maker running – and you step in a wet, gooey “present” left on the floor by your cat. It continues when you get behind a slow driver on the way to work, deal with an angry phone call at the office and wait less than patiently for someone to return an email containing the last bit of information you need to finish a project.
And, that’s the small stuff. Joy all too easily evaporates when a loved one dies, when a job is lost or when news of a devastating medical diagnosis is received.
Every day annoyances or true life crisis. We have a choice on how we face both.
We can choose to fight back with joy.
Margaret Feinberg discovered this in writing her latest book and Bible study, Fight Back with Joy. She had been working on a book about the more than 400 references to joy in the Scripture when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. All those references were then seen in a much different light.
Fight Back with Joy explores real joy against the backdrop of Margaret’s own journey through her cancer diagnosis. But here, let’s let Margaret tell you a little about what she’s discovered about joy. Joy is more than a feeling. It’s a choice we make as we face the world.
Learning to fight back against the challenges of life with joy is a choice we have to make every day. It’s a choice that affects everyone near us, and ultimately points us back to the true Joy-Giver.
What will you choose?
This post is part of Margaret Feinberg’s Partymob for her brand-new book and Bible study, Fight Back With Joy. To join the celebration (and learn more), click here. To grab a copy of this book, visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The six-week Bible study kit can be purchased here.