2017 has been a major year of growth for me—both personally and professionally. Through the uncomfortable situations I’ve been placed in these past few months, I can honestly say that a small chunk of my happiness died inside through the discouragement, betrayal, and adversity I experienced. After having enough of not feeling like my total self, I did some serious soul searching to single out the common denominator of my afflictions: people. This revelation opened my eyes to the fact that I was investing too much time in trying to please others and win their approvals for my efforts, causing my desires to become more fleshly and less aligned with God’s will for my life. At that point, I knew that it was time for me to make some changes to restore my joy, and regain my freedom from dependence on others.
Have you been feeling down and out lately? Don’t let the Devil steal your joy! Take these three steps to get your happy back.
Shift Your Focus
How many distractions do you deal with on the daily? Think about it. From the challenges we face at work, school, with family and the relationships we maintain, some interruptions have the tendency to disturb our peace, and our focus—if we let them. There will be times when thorns will get thrown your way to test your faith. How you handle those thorns will determine whether or not you pass. Don’t get so caught up in your trials to where you lose sight of God’s vision for your life! Don’t give the storms you go through the power to misguide you in the wrong direction.Don't get so caught up in your trials to where you lose sight of God's vision for your life! Click To Tweet
Act Without Expectation
I recently came across this saying that perfectly sums up our responsibility as Christians: where there is no sunshine, we must be the sunshine. Our expectations don’t just lie in the things that people do for us, but also in the way they treat us, respond and react to our actions. Pouring into someone without receiving anything in return can be frustrating and draining. Believe me when I say, I get it. But once I stopped basing my behavior and decisions off of the energy I received from others, my thought process changed tremendously. My challenge is for you to do the same! Do to others as you would like them to do to you (Luke 6:31, NLT). In other words, treat others the way you’d like to be treated.
Trust in Him
There’s a reason why you are where you are. God will sometimes put you in certain situations to mold you into the person he called you to be. Grasp what you gotta grasp in this current season of your life. The growth you experience will contribute to the strength and firmness of your faith. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed (1 Peter 4:13, NIV).