1 Timothy 6:17b but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
Acts 14:17 in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
There are events and circumstances that bring joy into our life, one of those for me is fishing. I caught this Chinook salmon yesterday fishing with friends on the Alsea River. It was a very enjoyable day.
Intermittent experiences of fun mixed in amongst the regular pressures and trials of life are a key to staying energized and positive. I try and schedule fun events into my life as I ride this train called “the life of Dee Duke,” so as to be as productive as possible, bearing as much fruit for God as I can.
It is often difficult to schedule enjoyable events into our life as often as we would like, and the pressures and trials of life seem to be increasing, some days, increasing rapidly. There are a number of ways to fix that problem, one is to learn to enjoy more of the regular events that occur in our life, events that we take for granted, and that we don’t think about much as they happen. Joy tends to be an emotion that takes more and more fun to maintain if we don’t guard our heart from being unappreciative of these gifts from God, I think it is called “diminishing return.”
Thanking and praising God for the smaller, less impactful events that happen in our life is super important. God gives joy, He can put that powerful emotion into us as often as He likes. Those who assume that God owes them comfortable and positive events tend to take the many good things that happen to them for granted. God does not give joy to those people, so choose not to be one, train yourself to be a person who praises and thanks God for everything.
James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
The flip side of that principle is don’t grumble or complain about anything. Grumbling and complaining destroys our ability to feel joy and have fun.
Psalms 9:1-2 I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
Notice the number of “ I Will’s” in those two verses, making a commitment, a goal, choosing to rejoice always is something that we can all do.