Finding Joy In Your Life (Part 2)

joy 2

In part 1 of this blog series we discussed Philippians 4:8 and how that one verse is the secret to living a joy-filled life.  We also discussed the importance of putting only joy-producing thoughts into your head.  It is a way of controlling your mental diet.  You can read part 1 here.

Joy is a state of mind that must be purposely cultivated if you are to live, love, and influence others as God intended.  Fortunately, joy does not depend on the outer conditions of your material life, but rather on the inner condition of your mental life.  Joy is the result of something strikingly simple, though not necessarily easy.  Here is the simple idea:

Consistently thinking joy-producing thoughts.

Is this within your grasp?  Is it even possible for anyone to accomplish?  Before you answer, let me remind you that few endeavors worth pursuing come easily to anyone, and the attainment of a joy-filled spirit is no exception.  There are risks in shooting for this gold standard of faith in action.  There is a high price to be paid, and it must be paid in advance.  Certain comfort thoughts will need to be relinquished.  Counter-productive habits will need to be abandoned.  Excuses will need to be surrendered.

This idea makes me think of another passage from the book of James that has really convicted me to do my best.

James 1:1-4 (NIV)

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Since you are free to choose what you think about, and you have billions of options of what you can think about, here are 4 very important questions you should ask yourself regarding the thoughts you think:

  1. What specific thoughts should you increase to become joy-filled?
  2. What specific thoughts should you decrease?
  3. What kinds of thoughts will distress your soul?
  4. What types of thoughts will nourish your soul?

So take some time and answer these questions for yourself.  How you answer them will be the beginning blueprint for knowing what types of thoughts you should fill your mind with and which thoughts you should avoid if possible.

Malcom Muggeridge, a British journalist, writer, and apologist) said, “I can say that I never knew what joy was until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die.  For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.”

Now those are some words we could all strive to live for.

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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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