Choosing Joy Amidst Life’s Hard Places
I log thousands of miles every year for ministry purposes. No matter where I go, I hear stories that break my heart: prodigal kids, divorce, financial setbacks, chronic health issues, loss, and more. In all honesty, I don’t have to travel far to encounter heartaches because they happen at my house, too.
Everyone deals with life’s hard places sooner or later, and we’re forced to choose our response. Many folks fall into fear or even anger toward God. But there’s a better response—choose joy.
A couple of years ago, I suffered leg injuries and lost my mobility for three months. I faced three book deadlines at the time. Stressful? Oh yeah. But I decided to respond by choosing joy rather than fear. Doing so helped me not only survive but thrive during that time.
One of my favorite definitions of joy helps explain what it looks like: “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation” (Kay Warren).
Choosing joy yields inner rest and peace. That’s what I long for in the midst of life’s hard places. How about you?
Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of eight books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She co-directs International Messengers Canada, a ministry that partners with 200 missionaries in 25 countries including Nepal, Egypt, and Romania. www.gracefox.com