Hey friends! I'm often asked where my joy comes from. I'm asked how I beat depression. How I remain so positive. I'm here to tell you that sometimes I'm not happy. I'm not always positive, but I have a loving God who has my back, and that brings me immense joy.
If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you know I struggle with depression and anxiety. If you just started reading my blog, you can find my story here. I was severely depressed. I didn't really have a reason, my brain just doesn't have the correct balance of chemicals. I didn't really feel normal until April. I owe this to a lot of things: my medication finally worked, I cut negative people out of my life, and I started digging into God's word. I honestly don't think I would be any better if I didn't do one of those three things. I can't pinpoint exactly what made me feel like myself again, but I know the combination of medication, positive influences, and God all contributed.
But today I'm not going to talk about my medication or cutting out negative people. I want to talk about finding joy in Jesus. You may not be happy all the time, but the Bible calls us to "be joyful always…" (1 Thessalonians 5:16). But how exactly do you do that?
Sometimes, life just sucks. There's nothing you can do to improve your situation. You just have to place all your trust in God and His life. God sent Jesus, His only son, to the earth to die in your place for your sins. So be joyful! Instead of being condemned (like we all deserve to be), you are redeemed! You've been set free! All that guilt you've been carrying? Gone. All because of Jesus.
Stop searching for happiness-humans give happiness, and humans will fail you every time. Even the most amazing people will mess up and disappoint you. But Jesus? He's perfect. He'll never let you down (listen to King of My Heart by Bethel when you get a chance).
When life gets hard, I pray for joy. I pray for patience. I pray to see others the way Jesus sees them, and it instantly lifts my mood. When we live life joyfully, others will notice. They will want to know how you stay positive.
Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its springs deep down inside. And that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy. He had joy, singing its music within, even under the shadow of the cross.
Some days you will not be happy. You will be frustrated, sad, angry. But as long as you are deeply rooted in Jesus, you will always feel joy.