For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Romans 14: 17-19 TLB
“But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have.” Numbers 14:24
Ever lose your sense of enthusiasm or joie de vivre (joy of living)?
I have. A string of deaths, caretaking two elderly relatives and leaving the workforce due to early retirement allowed a sense of pessimism to invade my thoughts. Before I realized it, my cheerful enjoyment of life was supplanted by drudgery, negative thoughts and plain old boredom with my routine.
I know you can relate.
Going to work day in and day out, year after year, whether inside or outside your home, traffic, commuting, pain in neck coworkers … you get the idea. We can lose the simple joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do. When I notice myself becoming crabby, I know it’s time for a three-day weekend getaway or better yet, a vacation! Travel always provides the break I need to return to my routine, refreshed and reinvigorated.
I credit my niece, Cecilia for reminding me that life should be an adventure.
She posted on Facebook, “Life itself isn’t hard or painful, it’s certain events and situations that occur in our lives that can make life hard. I hope God gives you the strength, peace, love, forgiveness, trust, and courage you need to be able to handle every physical or emotional hardship you face. Because life is a wonderful and beautiful thing that should be enjoyed with all of our heart, along with fearless eyes wide open for adventure.”
She reminded me that life is a wonderful, beautiful adventure. It doesn’t seem that way when you’re bogged down. Maybe for you, it is physical pain, a life threatening medical diagnosis, the emotional pain of grief or depression, anxiety over mounting bills, a non-compliant teen …. whatever it may be, it can suck the life out of us, if we let it.
What does God tell us about our mind-set? Romans chapter 14 was Paul’s answer to the Roman believers arguing over food and drink. God wants us to live a life of goodness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, no matter what season of life we’re in.
Every day cannot hold adventure in our natural activities. It can’t be the day a baby is born, our wedding day, graduation, our birthday or a vacation day. But every day can be an adventure in the Spirit if we choose a positive mindset. I set before you this day, life or death, blessing or cursing, says the Lord. Therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants shall live (Deut 30:19). It is our choice. Today, I choose life!
Reflection Activity: How about evaluating your attitude toward life? Has it been negative? If so, ask God to forgive you for grumbling. Accept His forgiveness by faith and decide today to be optimistic. Choose life in the Spirit. Focus your thoughts on God’s promises. Look for one blessing and be thankful for it. You’ll most likely find several blessings and watch as you have a better day than yesterday.
If you enjoyed this devotional, stay tuned. It is an excerpt from my book, a 60 day devotional unofficially titled, Tattooed King: a Devotional Activity Journal.