I don’t hear of too many leadership courses that include a unit on joy. But, joy is such a vital quality and example for a leader.
I have been learning a lot about joy these days. They are talking about it at church. I heard a speaker at a conference speak on the subject. Then, I opened my Bible to read and opened right to James and saw, “Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…”
I know about joy…I know that it is one of the gifts of the spirit (Galatians 5:22). I know that I am to rejoice always (I Thessalonians 5:12).I know that Jesus was full of joy (Luke 10:21).I know the women at the tomb were filled with joy (Matthew 28:8).I know the jailer at Philippi was filled with joy (Acts 16:34)
I know Paul was full of joy (Romans 16:19).I even know that my joy can be complete (John 15:11)
So, why am I such a grouch? Why do I get so disappointed and angry? Why do I worry…especially when I face “trials of many kinds”?
I have organizational issues. I have personal problems. I have heath questions. I have financial uncertainties. I have some conflicts. How can I have joy when I have all of those?
1. List all the good stuff that is going on in your life. Let one remind you of another. Keep going. You can go as far back in time as you want.
2. Now, relax and be thankful for the good times. Yes, there are bad times, but they will pass. Think of the worse thing you are facing, the worse trial today. Now, visualize yourself on the good side of the that trial, it’s over, it’s done and you are laughing and relaxed. Can you see that?
3. This is the hardest one: Make it your life style! If you have done the first two items, now give yourself permission to not take life or yourself so seriously. Live one day at a time. Enjoy the moments, don’t miss them. Smile more. Laugh louder. Relax longer. Enjoy what you have!