In my younger years I would often stay up late and I definitely pulled way too many all-nighters. Then, when I first met my husband we would easily stay up until 2am talking on the phone. After we got married, sleep was more of a priority, and getting enough was very important. I don’t know about you, but I function a lot better when I get proper sleep. Now that I am a mom I long for sleep but I have learned to function with sleep deprivation on a pretty regular basis.
My adorable sweet toddler is a joy by day and throws me for a loop by night. It seems the night before some of my busiest days is when he has the worst nights. He either tosses and turns all night, disrupting my sleep or he is up super early. Well, let me tell you. My automatic feeling upon waking is pure grumpy, not joy. However, knowing that is not how I want to continue throughout the day, I purposefully try and change my attitude to be happy. I remind myself he wasn’t up all night because he was sick or anything was wrong. In fact, even though I am exhausted I will be able to carry the day through just fine.
I find myself faced with a decision: to stay grumpy or to look ahead with joy!
This is just a simple example, yet it is often the day-to-day frustrations that steal our joy. Regardless of what we face, we need to keep an eternal perspective.
The way we see things largely impacts how we feel about life and greatly affects our happiness.
In the grand scheme of things, a sleepless night is not the end of the world. I have gone through much more difficult things, and God has brought me out of them all. In fact, on a daily basis people suffer in ways that I have never experienced and probably never will living in a first world country.
Christ is not concerned with our comfort as much as He is concerned with our character. He wants us to be people that remain in joy regardless of the circumstances around us. His word encourages us to “rejoice always” and “be glad”!
Don’t allow life’s frustrations; and things that are out of your control steal your joy.
If you sleep through your alarm clock, leaving you rushed for work, rejoice that you woke up. If someone is rude to you at the grocery store, don’t allow it to derail your day. If you are up to your neck in housework, rejoice that you have a home.
No matter what is going on around you, smile and have fun. Joy can be found in the simplest things of life. Sometimes you just need to look for it!
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4