Joy is essential. Pursue Joy. – Jeremy Riddle Ever had one of those days where you miss “joy”. Monday was one of those days for me. Seems in the hustle and bustle of the last couple weeks I forgot to pursue joy in the midst of all the amazing things happening around me. I actively pursued my work… I reluctantly pursued the laundry that stared at me every night I came home… I aggressively pursued the million different ways I could possibly get out of jury duty… but joy, I forgot to pursue. It says in Psalms 16:11 that, “In His presence is fullness of joy…” So this morning I made a decision to actively seek His presence in everything I did, no matter how tired I felt or how busy I got. Seems like a given for a person who is in full time ministry, huh? But to be honest, somewhere in the last couple weeks I lost my rhythm.  And without realizing it, joy fled as well. See, joy doesn’t just happen. It’s something that is activated through worship and maintained with thankfulness. It’s not a feeling, it’s a state-of-mind. And thankfulness is the antidote for the absence of joy. So today I reminded myself that I need to be thankful and that thankfulness is God’s will for my life. ( 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ) I reminded myself I have more things to be grateful for than to be frustrated about. I took countless deep breaths and told myself that at the end of the day God is big enough to handle my crazy and loves me enough to walk me through the gaps in my character. ( *Sigh ) It’s the moments like this help me remember who’s I am, and where I need to focused. I see whatcha did there, Lord — challenge accepted. currently in pursuit, Chari]]>