All we have to do is turn on the news and we are assaulted by negativity.  Very seldom do we ever see or hear anything positive on the news. Living in a fallen world, sin and sorrow abound and strive to bring us down.

So, how can we stay positive?

Joy is the answer that can transform our world — our hearts — and our minds. Joy is relational, contagious and life changing.  It reduces stress and improves our immune system. Joy is a choice — a choice that impacts everything we say and do!

“I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have and

so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy.”  John 5:11

People who chose joy are resilient. They bounce back from adversity. Therefore, even in the most difficult life experiences, we can find joy — if we look for it.

I discovered happiness is temporary; it’s a feeling that comes and goes. Happiness is most often experienced through our accomplishments or having specific desires met. But Joy, on the other hand, is more than a feeling. It’s a state of mind that stems from a close, personal relationship with God. True joy is grounded in faith, trust, and hope. Ultimately, it is found in the promises of God.

Joy is a magnet — it attracts those around us to want to be in a relationship with us.   People around us will be connected and empowered when we choose Joy. As children of God, we have a responsibility to pursue joy and help other’s around us realize the same experience.

Joy is contagious — Joy is comforting

Joy is finding hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

So, how do we maintain our joy?

Joy can be a constant thread that runs throughout our lives—regardless of our present circumstances. If our joy is grounded in God and our eternity, nothing can take it away. Joy is a choice. It’s choosing to celebrate the blessings in life rather than focusing on the difficulties. It’s choosing to trust God with our problems, believing that no matter what, everything is going to be okay.

True joy comes when we walk with courageous purpose. No matter what we are going through, finding joy on the journey is always an option.

Take time aside each day to recognize the gifts and relationships that bring you joy — especially your relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – who is the foundation of our joy.

Are you ready to choose joy?