Morning Moments

with Sandra Bivens Smith

Choose Joy

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Good morning all!

A favorite poem of mine is Robert Frost’s “Road Not Taken”.  It’s the beautiful yet haunting story of a young man who must make a choice.  Throughout our lives, every day of our lives, we must make choices.  Some choices are simple and relatively inconsequential – what to wear, what to have for lunch, what to watch on TV.  But then there are other choices, ones that have long-term, sometimes even life changing consequences. One of those “life choices” is the choice of how we look at life.  In a way that I don’t understand, the attitude with which I begin each day affects how my day goes.  If I start out in a sour mood, it seems everything I encounter throughout the day will have a sour note.  Conversely, when I begin with a positive, “take on the world” mindset, everything looks brighter; even Charlotte traffic can’t get me down!

Miriam Webster defines JOY as  “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires”.  So we can see that Joy, by definition, is a choice.

With all that in mind, I invite you to join me as we explore what the scriptures have to teach us about JOY.  Over the next weeks we will learn through Paul’s writing to the Philippians, how we can have JOY in abundance and how our JOY will make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others; how it will help us to have a more powerful testimony to our faith.

If you’re ready, click  “I CHOOSE JOY”

Author: Sandra Bivens Smith

Christian Writer Speaker Small Group Leader/Teacher

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