This is a weekly guest devotion written by my mother, Estelene. Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us.
Is there someone in your life that always feels the need to steal your joy? For some reason they feel as though that is their sole purpose in life. You may be having a beautiful day when up walks that person and rips your joy right out of your heart. Sometimes they are sly about what they are doing; they prefer to chisel away at your joy, a little piece at a time. I refer to them as joy stealers.
I have more than one person in my life that bears that characteristic. I’d rather they were not in my presence, but sometimes the choice is not mine. I hate to see them approaching. What do I do? I can’t ignore them.
I am sorry to say that most of the time I allow them to ruin my day. I allow them to clutter my mind with unhealthy thoughts such as sadness, disappointment, feelings like I am incapable of doing anything right, and the list goes on and on. Then I almost immediately open the door for anger to saunter in followed by bitterness. Before I know it, I am taking my frustrations out on others. I am not any better of a person than the person who stole my joy because now I am stealing someone else’s joy.
I have heard it said that no one can make you angry unless you allow them to. I believe that goes for joy also. No one can steal your joy unless you hand it over to them. I know it is easier said than done. It takes work; very hard work to hang on to your joy when someone is trying to snatch it out of your hands. It is an ongoing process and does not happen overnight.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
What should I do? I should say a prayer at that moment asking God for strength to hang on to my joy and to control my tongue so that I do not lash out with ugly words in anger. Then I should say a prayer asking God to open the eyes of my joy stealer revealing how displeasing those actions are to Him. That person desperately needs to feel the love of the Lord. So I need to ask God to use me in showing his love to my joy stealer.
Who knows what might happen. If I persistently pray for my joy stealers, they just might become joy encouragers.
Have a wonderful week.