Choose Joy

As my family reflects, grieves, and celebrates the life of my Gram we are reminded of all the times Gram chose joy, regardless of the circumstance.  In a recent sermon at my church the following truths were shared. Joy is not a surface feeling based on circumstance, rather, joy is a deep sense of contentment and celebration of who God is regardless of circumstances.  1 Peter1:6-7, says "in all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith..." God is interested in refining us. It's not automatic, it's difficult, it's a choice.

As people passed through giving their condolences, many shared the way she touched their lives. They referred to her bright smile, the way she genuinely cared for them, and her glass-half-full outlook on life. She empowered people because she encouraged them and helped them see the blessings life brings, even in hard times. Gram didn't try and get to joy, Gram got to Jesus... and through her trust in Jesus she brought joy to the lives of others. Gram now challenges each of us to live a life of choosing joy.