Arrogant Joy Stealers
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Yesterday afternoon I let my mind get focused on some deep hurt from the past. There are broken relationships from that past experience and even though I continue to care about those people (and at the same time feel betrayed by them), they have been unwilling so far to work at reconciliation. In my stress and distress over this, I found myself mindlessly eating last evening. It is simply not productive to let my mind get caught in this emotional dead end. In her commentary on the New Testament book of Philippians ("Frappe with Philippians"), Sandra Glahn speaks about the "arrogant joy stealers." This was her way of describing the legalistic trouble-makers that the Apostle Paul warned the church in Philippi about. After reading that, I found myself reflecting on this term "joy stealer." There are all kinds of thoughts, circumstances, hurts, injustices, abuses, and "push your button" types of people which we could allow to steal our joy if we are not careful. Or we can "rejoice in the Lord" as the Apostle Paul advised -which is a good way of keeping focused on the source of all that is good in our lives. That will be my challenge today - to be focused on and rejoice in the Source of good and joy. That way any joy stealer that comes along will not be allowed to "steal the show" regarding all that I choose to focus on in my mind.