“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
Entering this new decade, I began thinking about the word I wanted as “mine” for 2020. I considered determination, dream and achieve; but joy, joyful and joyous kept resonating with me. I want this year, this decade and the rest of my days to be joyous.
Using JOY as my motivation; I plan to intentionally find joy each day. It may be something as small as enjoying my favorite piece of chocolate, to spending “unplugged” time with my family, baking cookies on a random Tuesday to deliver to my neighbors or creating quiet time for me to hear the Lord and His plans for my life.
I want the joy I am choosing to spread to my family and friends. I pray that God can use my joyfulness to bring it to the lives of those I encounter. As I have reflected on the word, it is defined as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness and also means to rejoice. Rejoice! That word in itself gives me a feeling of joy, celebrating the Holy Spirit! Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice.” Simply reading that scripture brings a smile to my face; instantly joy-filled.
In order to exercise joyfulness, I’ve realized I have to alter my yeses and have to begin saying no more often. I want to please everyone that is important in my life, so saying no is really difficult for me. If someone approaches me with a request, I have this need to complete what has been asked at an over-the-top level. In doing so, I often add undo stress to myself because I have this unhealthy need to achieve “perfection”. With added stress I am not my best self for my husband and my son and they are the most important people in my life. In 2020 I am consciously making the effort to say no to things that others can handle, or will not bring out the best in me to those around. Instead of always tackling the next objective, I hope to hear God’s guidance in only taking on the things He is placing before me.
Understandably there will be opportunities that I partake in that won’t always be the most pleasing, or joyous. However, on the occasions I can make the call, I will practice saying no when I really mean it.
My hope for you reading this is to do the same. Reflect on what makes you happy, or brings you true joy. What are you saying yes to that is not adding to your joy? What will make you joy-filled? Go get it!
May 2020 bring joy, happiness, health and blessings to you all.