"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." – John 14:27
The grind of daily life can sometimes take its toll, however, the dawn of a new day signals new possibilities. For those who're self-employed, there are some days when one seems to have ran out of options, when solutions to business hiccups are anything but forthcoming; for employees, how about those days when you'd like to ignore the alarm clock and not go to work to face a boss who makes life difficult.
Regardless of how discouraged, or encouraged one is feeling, it is important to keep the light of optimism on at all times in our hearts. Here 5 reminders for happy days:
1- Remember that challenges are only obstacles to be overcome, not walls to cripple us. Be brave and don't allow life to beat you down.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2- Get excited when things get tough, it is time to come up with solutions and move to the next level. Do not get overwhelmed by today's circumstances. Remember that every problem has a solution.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
3- The wisest thing one can do sometimes is simply to let life happen. When feeling overwhelmed, take it to the Lord in prayer and give up control. This does not mean that you stop doing your best, or that you are weak. It simply means that you are allowing God's power to manifest. Somehow, it always works out for those who have faith, because of a much higher power that is in control.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
4- "To whom much is given, much is expected," a man of God recently reminded me. As a leader, parent, spouse, life teaches us that the higher we go, the greater our responsibilities. Recognize challenges as part of life, be thankful for how far God has brought you and cultivate a heart full of gratitute. TIP: Begin to offer prayers and songs of thanksgiving immediately thoughts of "I am a failure" start to creep into your mind. This effectively renews a happy heart.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
5- Last but not the least, keep your inner spark alive. Maintain that child-like sense of adventure. Keep your smile, give yourself permission to laugh at the little things that matter the most. May everyday add to the glow of precious life energy that you've been blessed with.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Stay connected with your hopes and dreams always. Cheers to your success!
(The above photo is of me visiting Italy in 2000… I had no cares in the world really)