Choose Joy

This week I had an opportunity to see how several people handled
disappointment and change. Some did well while others did not. As I reflected
on what I saw, I was reminded that I want to model the behaviors that exhibited
professionalism, integrity, and even faith. Yes, faith. If we believe on a
heart-level that God is who He says He is, then why do we react when things
don’t turn out the way we want them to? Well, I guess it’s because we’re human.
Oh, I’m not saying we don’t have a right to say ‘ouch’ at times. We may feel
discomfort, even pain. We may need to work through some feelings of injustice,
anger and even grief. This is especially true when missed opportunities occur.
Yet, God promises to use all things for our good. This missed opportunity is part
of God’s plan for our lives and can contribute toward molding us into the
person God has called us to be, as long as we choose to let God use it for good
and not stay entrenched in the negative emotions. May we remember to ‘choose
joy’ and surrender ourselves to the will of God over our own desires.

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