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You Are in Control of Your Happiness

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

“...No one can take away your joy.”
(John 16:22, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Life may not have turned out the way you planned, but you still have the power to be happy right where you are. God is the source of all joy, and when God gives you something, nothing in the world can take it away. That means other people cannot make you unhappy, no circumstance can force you to get upset. Nothing can take your joy; you have to give it away. You’re in complete control of your happiness.

Think of it this way: If somebody is rude to you, what they’re really saying is, “Give me your joy.” Somebody cuts you off in traffic, “Let me have your joy.” Somebody ignores you or leaves you out of a meeting; they’re just asking for your joy. You have a choice. You can give it to them by going around upset, frustrated and offended. Or, you can make a much better decision and say, “No thanks, I need my joy. I’m not going to get upset because you were rude and didn’t speak to me. I’m not going to be frustrated because you cut me off in traffic. I’ve already made up my mind that I’m going to live this day happy!” Instead of giving them your joy, give them mercy, grace and understanding. Give them the benefit of the doubt and keep your joy because only you are in control of your happiness!
Father, today I hold on to joy. I refuse to give it up, and I refuse to let go of my peace. Give me Your strength today as I keep my heart and mind focused on Your love in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BARB4HEALTH 11/7/2013 8:05AM

    I needed this today. Dealing with a job that came up that I am well qualaified to do, and the person in charge gave it to an unknown. Happens. Seeing the person later today. Need to hold onto my joy and do the task before me as well as I often do.

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CHAPELSMACK 11/6/2013 12:24PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this! This has been a subject that I have been thinkin and praying about. Such a great reminder. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

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FLYER99 11/6/2013 12:10PM

    This fits in well with a saying I always go by: "The only one who can make you angry is yourself". Thanks for this and have a blessed day!

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/6/2013 12:07PM

    Thank you for sharing!
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