Finding Joy In Your Life (Part 1)

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When I was a young boy, I spent quite a bit of time with my grandma at her house.  We would do all kinds of fun things such as laundry with a clothes press, gardening, baking, cooking, looking at photos, reading, playing farm with the toy tractors, and going for walks around Orange township.  God was very important to her and I can remember one verse in particular that she would show me.  It was Philippians 4:8 and I will give it here in the KJV because that is the way it was read to me as a kid.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

My grandma told me then that I should put this verse in my heart because it was the key to everything.  To be honest, I didn’t think too much about it at the time.  I was more interested in exploring, playing, and having fun.

As time passed, I began to realize that this single passage from the New Testament contained within it the secret to living a joy-filled life.  By applying this verse to our daily lives, we can amplify the joy we experience in our marriages, relationships with family and friends, parenting, and in our lives as a whole.  It is such an important verse, that author, Tommy Newberry, wrote an entire book about this verse called The 4:8 Principle.

If you want to experience vibrant health and abundant energy, it is essential that you consume certain foods and drinks and refrain from consuming others.  The exact same is true if you want to lose weight or put more muscle on your frame.  You have to say yes to the foods that lead toward your goal and no to those that lead you away from your goals.  While this seems like common sense, it is not always common practice for those desiring to reshape their physical bodies or increase their energy levels.

Progress towards joy begins the same way, with a firm decision to cut back on joy-reducing thoughts and increase joy-producing thoughts.  To put it simply, you have to change your mental diet.  You have to think this and not that.  If certain thoughts don’t bring you joy, then you need to learn to discipline yourself not to think those thoughts.  After all, joy is the sum and substance of emotional health.

The book of Proverbs contains a verse that speaks to this directly.

Proverbs 10:28 (NIV)

28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
    but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

Many well-meaning individuals desire to be leaner or more energetic but then continue to indulge in a diet and lifestyle that takes them in the opposite direction.  Consequently, they do not reach their goal.

Many with the goal of increased joy run into the same predicament: they keep consuming a mental diet mismatched with their goal.  In both instances, there is a major disconnect between the desired objectives and the daily behavior.

I have one important question that I want to leave you with.  Really give this question some thought today.

What kind of diet am I currently feeding my mind and soul?

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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