Motivational Monday: Count it all Joy


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” My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

James 1:2

I thought Monday would be a good day to talk about patience. We have all heard the cliché “Mondays are bad days.”  What is it about a Monday that makes it seem so much harder than other days? Whatever your reasoning behind this phrase, I want to take a minute this morning to encourage you, and try to start your Monday off right.

Do you ever find it hard to be joyful? Do you find that you lack patience from time to time?

I believe that we are all guilty of this.

It is easy to be joyful when everything is going right. When all the bills are paid and there is still money left over, or when we are looking for a pen in the cup holder and find that couple of dollars we forgot was there, these are just a couple of examples of times when it is easy to be joyful. Patience is not really an issue here. Life is peaceful and free from any worries.

But…

What about the times when things are not going so well: when the car breaks down, or the air conditioner goes out? What if you lock your keys in your car for the second time that week? Those are the times when it feels like our faith is being tested to the max. Where do we find joy then? It is a lot harder to be joyful then, is it not?

The Scripture we looked at this morning says that we should count it ALL joy when we fall into divers temptations.

So how do we do that?

The most important thing I have learned to do is: replace worry with prayer . James 1:5 tells us:

“If any of you lack wisdom,let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.”
 
I have found in my own life that if I do not understand a situation, instead of fretting and worrying, instead of letting the devil steal my joy, I pray. I have been amazed at the peace that comes from taking my burden to the Lord, laying it at His feet and leaving it there.
 
 
I believe the next thing we need to do is: count our blessings. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads:

“Give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

I know it seems difficult to be thankful when things are not going like we think they should, but it works. I have had to learn to do this on a daily basis. I believe if we can learn to count our blessings we will discover that they greatly outnumber our problems.

 

And the last thing I think we need to do is: Trust. We are told in Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;

and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 In all thy ways acknowledge him,

and he shall direct thy paths.”

I believe that when we learn to place our faith in God rather than our own circumstances we will find that being joyful even in the midst of conflict is easier to accomplish.

 

I pray these words will encourage you today. If you find yourself struggling this week, think back on these words. Hide these Scriptures in your heart, so that you may lean on them when trials come your way.

~ Remember: God will never allow you to face a situation for which He does not already have a plan.~ It is up to us to pray, be thankful, and trust.

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