Finding Joy In Your Life (Part 4)

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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.

In part 2 of this blog series we discussed the art of consistently thinking joy-producing thoughts.  We also discussed 4 important questions to ask yourself regarding the thoughts you put in your head.  You can read part 2 here.

In part 3 of this blog series we discussed how joy comes from God and the closer the relationship you have with Him, the more joy you will have in your life.  We also looked at some specific types of thoughts we should put in our minds.  You can read part 3 here.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

What a great 3 verses.  This would be a great set of verses to memorize.  Rejoice always is another way of saying always be joyful.  I understand that is impossible for us as flawed human to always be joyful, but that is a goal we can strive for.  The closer we get to that goal, the happier we will be.

You can choose to pay attention to what’s present or what’s missing, what’s working or what’s broken, what you achieved or what you messed up, what’s available or what’s unavailable, what’s possible or what’s impossible, and what excites you or what frightens you.  In so doing, you will win or lose the battle for your mind.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, a Russian writer, said, “Man is fond of counting his troubles but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see tat every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”  Those are really strong words.  Life is really what we make of it.  We can choose to focus on the positive or the negative.  What we focus on will affect our level of joy and this the type of person we are.

If your emotional life today is not where you want it to be, then your top priority should be shifting your attention to your blessings, to your strengths, and to the aspects of your life that are working.  We need to stop talking so much about our mistakes, setbacks, and disappointments.  When we focus on the negative, we will experience a deficit of joy.  We need to not put our attention to the things that dissatisfy us.

Refuse to fuel negative emotions by constantly talking about what is wrong with your marriage, your children, your sore back, your peculiar neighbors, and the world in general.  Instead broadcast your blessings to anyone who will listen.  Verbalize your vision for the future to trusted friends and family.  Turn the spotlight of your concentration to your future hopes and dreams, to the grand and mysterious future that God has in store for you.  Your emotional life can advance only after your negative thoughts retreat.

Today challenge yourself to try your best to focus on only the positive thoughts and letting the negative things go from your mind.  If you can do that, you will have a pretty good day.

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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