I am called to be joyful always.
I'm thankful this biblical imperative does not call me to 'be happy always.'
I am thankful that Courage isn't listed as one of the fruits of the spirit, that I can trust the Spirit's fruit in my life when I feel little to no bravery.
Whether we are blindsided by a sudden crisis or have been running from one for a long time, we only have three choices:
- Ignore it and hope it will go away. (It won't.)
- Try and live with it. (But you can't, not forever.)
- Look for the gift without fear and benefit from it.
When we do, we emerge on the other side, surprised by joy.
I wonder where and when 'the other side' is.
"Be joyful, because it is humanly possible."
~ Wendell Berry, poet
As a reader, you probably know this quote from Anne LaMott's pastor: Peace is joy at rest and joy is peace on it's feet. I love this thought! (from Plan 'B')