Got Lemons?? Choose Joy

When life gives lemons…

What can you do when life gives you lemons?                                        Sour lemons like...illness, job loss, broken relationships, natural disasters, the list could go on and on.                                                                You could get angry, lash out at just about everyone around you, or you could withdraw, isolate yourself, slide into a hopeless depression.

Or You could choose joy!

Joy…not be as a response to the terrible awlful sour lemons of life, but joy that is a daily choice no matter the circumstances you find yourself in.  It is choosing to find joy in God— joy that comes out of not just a belief in a God, but a closeness with the God. A day in and day out kind of joy that is a result of your coming into and remaining in the presence of God

You will make known to me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

    In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 16:11 nlt

We can choose joy when we completely trust God…a deep “my life is in your hands” kind of trust. This is only possible when we acknowledge our limited understanding and God’s infinite understanding. A trust that comes when, we are willing to say “I may not like where I am right now, but I trust You to work according to Your purposes and bring good.”

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us…  Romans 5:3-5

We can choose joy when we look beyond today to eternity. This life is rough, people will be unpleasant, and disappointments will come. And if we only focus on the trouble, difficulties and pain of today, we will never be able to have a true sustaining joy. It is only when we look pass the mess of today that we are able to have joy. Joy that comes because of the hope and amazing experience life with God forever will be.

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 24-25