Five Minute Friday: Enjoy……starting the timer now
I enjoy reading a good book. Sitting on the couch and cross stitching. Curled up in front of the fire with a book and a beverage. I enjoy taking my camera and capturing moments in nature. There are a lot of things I enjoy. I enjoy hanging out with my family. A good conversation with a friend. A walk and talk with my husband. Laughs with my kids. I enjoy music, playing the piano and listening. I enjoy spending time with God, journal-ling and reading my Bible.
Everything I just named are blessings I have the pleasure of “enjoying” but what about the things that are not “enjoyful”? Such as pain. Heartache. Rejection. The walks through the wilderness. The unknowns of life? Those are not things I would put on my list of things I “enjoy” doing. Yet they are things that enrich my life.
When I look at the word “enjoy” I also see two words – in joy. Perhaps when I look at life and the events of my day through the lens of “in joy” I would see things a bit different. I wouldn’t be quick to separate out the things that I like to do, the blessings that are good, but perhaps my filter of life would switch to being in joy all the time. I would have an attitude of the heart of joy, joy comes from God. The book of John tells us about this when Jesus was talking. Joy is an attitude of the heart.
So the timer stopped but not my thought….so here is the rest of the thought 🙂
The verses in John I am referring to are: John 15: 9-13, specifically verse 11 (NKJV) where Jesus said “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” The verses prior talk about abiding in Jesus love when we obey His commandments. So often in life we are quick to separate out our activities and thoughts into categories, such as the have to’s, want to’s, the need to’s, the like to do’s. What would happen if I were to walk thru life with an attitude of having Jesus’ joy in me, obeying him, and my joy being full? I want to live in a way that each piece of my life is in joy even if it is not bringing me pleasure. To enjoy each precious minute that God has given me and to abide in His love and to share His love with the world.