Be a JoyCarrier
'...the fruit of the spirit is...joy...' Galatians 5:22 NIV
Have you ever met one of those people who seem bubbly and full of joy all the time? How do they do that? Most of us stress about one or more of these: being late for school or work, putting on weight, forgetting homework, getting a spot, doing things perfectly! You name it - we all get stressed - and then we may start complaining to God! The problem is, we forget that God never promised us a trouble free life. What he did promise is that he'll be with us through the troubles and make us stronger.
So, if life is not supposed to be trouble free, how can we have this joy Jesus promised? (1) Realise that you're stressed because life is not going quite the way you've decided it should be; (2) Don't worry about things you have no control over. If you can't change it, accept it and move on; (3) Don't expect every day to be fantastic.
Problems - great and small - will help you grow. Even try to thank God for them when they come along and ask him how they can be used for good! If you try to find the good in everything, life will seem much better.
So what now? Rather than fighting life, flow with it. As you relax, you'll enjoy life far more. That's why Paul wrote, 'Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus' (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT).
Soulfood: 2 Ki 18:17 - 20:21, Luke 17:20-37, Ps 11, Prov 8:4-5