It’s Saturday morning. I’m looking at my planner, and it’s a loooong list of chores. The sadder news is that I can’t even get to this list chores yet because of other tasks that I have to finish first.
Sometimes it feels like there is every reason for us to be upset. The rainy fall weather, sleep deprivation, friends that disappoint us, work tasks not going well, a cold look or word when you expected a warm welcome. And sometimes it feels like it’s bad news upon bad news, and blow after blow.
And it seems like the most reasonable thing to do is to sit here and sulk and complain. But how are we expected to respond? (God never fails to teach me, and I got my answer a few days ago from morning devotions)
“Let us refuse to be discouraged. Let us refuse to be unhappy. Let us “count it all joy” when we cannot feel one emotion of happiness. Let us rejoice by faith, by resolution, by reckoning, and we shall surely find that God will make the reckoning real.” – Streams in the Desert
So there it is.
Isn’t it amazing that while we don’t FEEL like doing it, it is possible to accomplish it by WILL? To REFUSE to be unhappy, and to have faith that God will take care of this and of us.
So the photo you see above? After I saw my list of tasks, I thought, if it’s going to be a long day, I might as well try to start and find as much joy from it as I can. And the photo came up when I was looking for a playlist. I let out a chuckle and sighed. Find art in the mess. Find beauty in the mundane. Find joy in your daily tasks.
Let’s try to refuse to be discouraged.
And let joy be our testimony.
Take care for now,