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On Joy

Many choose a “Word of the Year”.

The word I chose for last years “Word of the Year” was strong.

Little did I, or anyone else for that matter, realize how much our strength would be put to the test.

Not just our physical strength, but also our strength of character, and our emotional strength.

Even the strength that we have acquired over the years in our spiritual lives has been severely put to the test.

For my part, I had done fairly well, up until about October, which I talked about →here←.

I have been working on making some different daily choices, talked about →here←.

I have made some observations about my strength and where it comes from, along with some observations about some things that drain my strength.

I will mention just a few of those here in this post.

Perhaps you will see some of yourself in these lines as well, and we can trade some of our wisdom with each other.

Observation #1; the “Word of the Year” for 2019 started out as “Joy”, and quickly changed to “Peace”. I had observed that having joy could be difficult if my heart were not at peace. The year was spent reading scriptures about peace, finding music that helped to create a peaceful atmosphere, and using that atmosphere to practice peace. I noted that practicing peace, sounds simple enough. But is quite difficult because our natural way of being, at least mine, is to become distracted by squirrels, clouds, tasks at hand, and other shiny things. However, by the end of the year, I felt I had attained a level of peace that I could live with.

Observation #2; The “Word of the Year” for 2020, as I said earlier, was “Strength”. I had no idea why I had chosen that word, since I was not feeling particularly weak. (No more than the usual tired, not being a spring chicken anymore)

Then came the pandemic. What I really think about the pandemic is for another time, but for right now, I will speak to that peace level. I was never freaked out about it. I think freaking out about stuff is a waste of good energy. We can use our energy for things that have a more positive effect.

Inversely, what seemed to happen, is that not only did nothing going on around me, or out in the world, bother me, or surprise me, but I began to feel really nothing at all. That was a tad scary. I began to think that my peacefulness was becoming so peaceful, as to be almost comatose. That cannot be right, right?

Once noted, it seemed the first emotion to come back was anger. Now anger as an emotion is not bad. It can signal areas where we need to be alert, but it can also take our thought life to places where it ought not to be. (In my case, dislike and judgement of others – a trait I find most unappealing) Scripture says clearly in Psalm 4:4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah.

(Pause and consider this)

I felt this was clearly something I wanted to take care of. I always want to be in control of my thought life. It is imperative to that peace that I so want to live in. 2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. And let’s face it, I need Him with me.

Observation #3; For the year 2020 the word I chose, again, is joy. My experience with peace, and the ability to attain peace in a hurry, was a good pre-cursor to having real joy. I believe happiness is what I feel when everything is going well. I also believe that joy is an inside job; one that is a frame of being, and not dependent on things occurring around me. Joy being an inside job, is not dependent on my circumstances, but rather it is a quality that is in my heart regardless of your circumstances; yes, even in spite of them.

So here I am, with you in the second full week of 2021, concentrating on joy.

Concentrating on what’s in my heart and mind.

Guarding my thoughts, and Counting it all joy.  

James 1:2-4 (ESV) Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (Especially Joy!)

Until next time …

Things to Consider


The Wednesday after a long weekend.

Anyone besides me still playing catch up?

It was a busy weekend, but even so, I was able to listen to several podcasts.

Three statements left me with things to consider.

I believe I will make time to consider them now.

#1. Was a comment – “There is a difference between your PURPOSE and your ASSIGNMENT”. – Lance Wallnau

#2. “Wait in Hebrew means sit down and shut up”. – Benny Hinn.

#3. Was a statement – “Things change in the spirit when we cease to listen to our enemies”. – Lance Wallnau

#1. I KNOW my purpose, but my assignment? There are so many choices. Finding the one that God has for me is the issue.

It will take a bit of #2 to sort it all out. The mind is willing, the flesh is weak.

And #3, Things will be much easier to hear when I’m not listening to all the noise of the enemy and his cohorts.

So there you have it.

A weekend’s worth of comments to mull over.

Tell me what you have to mull over in the comments.

Come; Mull with me.

Until next time …

The Number One Thing

Happy Monday to you all!

Today I’m sharing a post with you from a very prolific blogger.

He has graciously given me permission to do so.

His topic is one that gets discussed round our house quite often; but never quite as articulately!

The Number One Trait of the Unsuccessful

Posted on  by Cristian Mihai

Photo by Siavash Ghanbari on Unsplash

We’re all self-made, but only the successful ever admit it.

After all, why ever admit that you don’t like what you see in the mirror if you do not plan on changing?

But what if I were to tell you that the root cause of unhappiness and failure are not external factors, but our inner reactions to those factors.

After all, what is required of one in order to be successful?

Is it being a billionaire? Changing the world? Find one’s soulmate?

Aren’t those things intricately tied to a lot of external factors? And isn’t our perception of those factors the result of a combination of behaviors, beliefs, thoughts, and adaptations?

After all, some people are happy while having little reason to be so, and others are unhappy even though wildly successful.

It seems to me that we are only as happy and successful as we make up our minds to be. Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure, and ultimately it’s our inner reality that that dictates our own happiness.

The Number One Trait of the Unsuccessful

All unsuccessful people share this trait: they are blamers.

They are not willing to take responsibility for their own happiness and success, and thus they blame everyone and everything.

You fail by doing so, because there’s no reason for you to do anything to fix your predicament.

Don’t like what you see in the mirror? It’s genetics, it’s your parents, it’s some health issue, it’s the fast food industry.

Don’t like how much you earn? It’s the economy, the government, your neighbors.

When we blame external factors for what is ultimately our internal reality, we are choosing to sit in a rocking chair. It feels like we’re going somewhere, but we’re not going anywhere.

Blaming someone else means you never assume responsibility for your life.

I know this because I’ve wasted most of my twenties by looking for someone to put the blame on for everything that needed fixing in my life.

Do you want to know the harsh truth?

It doesn’t matter who’s to blame, it’s still your responsibility.

Your significant other left you? It’s your responsibility to fix your heart.

You lost everything you had during a recession? It’s your responsibility to challenge this disaster with more enthusiasm than ever before.

When you expect someone else to fix your life for you, you become helpless, and that’s a pathway to soon becoming hopeless.

We often like to tap-dance around the truth, being afraid that the truth is going to bruise our little egos.

If you don’t like something about your life, it’s your responsibility to change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

Whatever you do, whether you have to beg or crawl or fight, just don’t put the blame on other people. They are not responsible for your success and happiness, you are.

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Do you consider yourself successful?

How do you feel about the blame game?

Are you able to take responsibility for your own stuff?

We see it all around us today;

and we must be willing to take action not only for ourselves, but for teaching this responsibility to those who will be following along behind us.

It gets easier as we go.

Please share any other ideas or insights you may have in the comments.

Until next time …