There are days when I walk around with a song in my heart, and literally burst our in song. I find myself quietly signing a song as I go about my business. At first I was unaware of it, until a Physician’s Assistant pointed it out a few years back. He commented on how joyful I usually was and that I was always singing. I have never really noticed and certainly didn’t think others had.
Now that I am aware, I can look at how my attitude is impacted on where I choose to put my focus. When I draw on God for my strength and protection, I find my heart filled with joy. Joy exudes out of me, I am told. Things that should be hard, come easy. These are the days I find a song in my heart and praise on my lips. I can not help but see things to thank God for all around me.
Other days I let my focus be on the circumstances surrounding me. I find myself relying on my own strength and ability. Self-protection becomes my focus and I am a bit snapper than usual. Instead of being thankful, I am full of negative comments and complaints. I recognize that I don’t like these qualities in myself, and I know that when I am in this mode I am not effective. However, there are still times I allow myself to journey on this path longer than I should. The only way to change my attitude, is to change my focus back to God. It is a conscious decision I choose to make, because otherwise my “flesh” will continue to rule my life.
God doesn’t change. He will always be there to be our source of strength and our shield of protection. We have to choose to place our trust in Him though. He will never force Himself on us. He wants to help us in every aspect of our life. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit that comes from our relationship with God. Joy can fill our heart if we stay connected to God. When we are filled with joy, we can’t help but offer thanksgiving for all He has done.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on trust. 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in October.