Stealing our own joy has been a big topic in our house recently. For us it was complaining all winter that there’s nothing to do because the weather was so bad. Now we’re stressing about all that Spring holds because we have so much going on. Isn’t that all I wanted all Winter was to be able to have something to do? Now that the weather is finally good enough to get out of the house, we’ve taken our stress from one place and put it into another.
I feel like that’s really what so many of us doing in life. Fret over one thing and wish it were another. Once that stress is put to rest, we find something new to stress over. We are making it a priority to speak life over everything we say. And not just the things we say in front of people. But the things we say behind closed doors. Because those things matter more than you realize. Speaking negatively about a friend, speaking negatively about yourself, or your family causes damage. Even if the words never actually leave your mouth.
Obviously no one can be perfect at this. But the idea behind it is to correct yourself right away.
Psalm 141:3 “Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.”
Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
I have been trying to start my day with these verses. I ask the Lord to convict my heart when I start speaking negatively. It has already made a big difference, I can feel it on mornings I forget. I am way more prone to start in on things I shouldn’t be talking about. Or stressing over things that don’t really matter in the long run. We need to be focusing on the joy we have today. Don’t let the little things in life steal your joy. Remind yourself to focus on the big picture.