“The best news in the world is that there is no conflict between your greatest possible happiness and God’s perfect holiness. Being satisfied with all that God is for you in Jesus magnifies him as the greatest treasure and brings you more joy—eternal, infinite joy—than any other delight ever could.” John Piper
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s holiday. I’ve taken a few weeks off from writing and it’s been nice. We all could use breaks and rest to be able to recharge and be refreshed. How has your new year been shaping up? Have you set goals, made resolutions? Whatever your aspirations are I pray they are blessed beyond measure and filled with joy.
I’ve been reading a YouVersion Bible Reading Plan by John Piper called 15 Days in the Word with John Piper.
He talks about the secret of invincible joy and how our greatest rewards are in Jesus. This message is something I’ve heard before, but never had I heard joy described as rescued. Nothing can destroy or take away our joy, even in our suffering when it’s anchored in Jesus. It is possible to keep our joy protected and safe even in the most painful of times when heaven is the reward.'Great is your reward in heaven. And the sum of that reward is enjoying the fullness of the glory of Jesus Christ' quote John Piper (paraphrased John 17:24).Click To Tweet
Our greatest fulfillment will always come from what God can provide. Nothing in this world could ever compete or compare to the eternal joy in which only God provides.
3 Ways to Have More Joy in 2020
1. Give yourself the freedom to make mistakes and not beat yourself up over them. To all the perfectionists out there write this down on a notecard and put it somewhere you can see it. Say this to yourself everyday until this sinks in. If there is one thing I struggle with, it’s being gentle with myself when I don’t make good choices. I have a constant message in my head on repeat on how I could have done things better.
Thank goodness for God’s grace. His grace was never meant to be abused to continue with bad behavior over and over but to help refine us and mold us through Him, not ourselves. Joy will always be found in what God does in us. Our mistakes don’t make us bad, they make us human. God can do so much more with our mistakes when we surrender them to Him, then we could ever do ourselves.
2. Learn how to be emotionally honest with yourself. Let’s face it, if we struggle with the ability to give ourselves grace when we mess up, we probably struggle with being realistic with our emotions. Our emotions and mistakes don’t define us but what we do with them matters. If we’re being honest with ourselves we’re able to own our own stuff and not constantly use blame or criticism to take the focus off ourselves.
Are you critical and judgmental of others? Do you like to point out others mistakes in front of others? Do you create chaos? Looking within ourselves we might discover when we’re critical of others we’re probably critical of ourselves. Pointing out others’ flaws, doesn’t make your flaws as bad and then you don’t have to focus on yourself. When you point out others mistakes, you probably aren’t secure with yourself and when other’s mistakes are magnified, no one is looking at your messes. When patterns of chaos are created, then you don’t have to deal with your own problems when chaos is around. If you want to have more joy in 2020, learn how to be emotionally honest, it’s the best gift you can give yourself. Emotional honesty allows us to be emotionally available for others which is very enriching for relationships.
3. Learn how to ‘BE’ instead of always doing. Girl, if there’s one thing I could write to my younger self this would be it. I’m ashamed to say how much of my energy has been wrapped up in doing, performing, and achieving. Again if my focus was on the accomplishment I didn’t have to focus on myself. Somehow my identity got tethered to these things and life became about doing. God didn’t make human doings, he created human beings. We were created ‘to be.’ We can be free in how God made us when we learn how to be.
We don’t always have to be the solution to every problem, the rescuer or savior (roles that were never meant for us in the first place). Learning to be, means learning how to have balance when there are problems in your life. Being means learning how to have more empathy for others when they are going through hard times. Learning empathy allows for more compassion to be in our lives. God wants us to learn how to BE love not DO love. When we do, we put our own efforts into it and bypass God. When we be, we allow God to work through and within us so His love overflows not the other way around.
Do you struggle with giving yourself grace when you make mistakes?
Are you able to be emotionally honest with yourself?
Do you struggle with being instead of doing?
Me too. You’re not alone. I struggle with every single one. This is the beauty in our journey when we EMBRACE THE PROCESS. It’s not about being perfect, getting it right all the time, it’s about learning to be well and allowing God to use EVERYTHING in His time.
How about you? Do you desire to have more joy in 2020? I do. Learning to trust in the process God has put forth will always allow for His abundant joy to fill us, satisfy and complete us more than we could ever imagine.Are you able to receive God's joy in your life?Click To Tweet
How can you have more joy in 2020?
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