Sometimes, I can’t help but think that one of the big secrets of life is being able to find joy and contentment, no matter the circumstance. I have to admit, this is the hardest thing for me to do. I mean I am really good at being content when my life is going well. I’m not trying to brag or anything, but I’m fantastic at being able to enjoy those times when life is fun and there are new and exciting things happening. On the flip side of that, I’m horrible at being content and finding my joy when things aren’t going my way.
I’m currently in a phase of life that’s a little bit tougher on me than previous years. I have two kids under the age of 2 and if you’ve never experienced having two babies so close in age, let me be the first to tell you, it’s a lot of work! Don’t get me wrong, I love those babies and they bring me so much joy. But man is it tough to find the joy on the days they are both crying, sick or not sleeping. I heard a quote one time that sadly rings true for me lately. It says, “You’re only as happy as your most unhappy kid.” It’s tough to find the joy when the tiny humans I’m raising seem to be doing everything in their power to not enjoy their day.
If I’m basing my joy and peace on all of the circumstances around me, then I’m definitely not going to find joy and peace on a daily basis. This world is too broken for me to look to it for my contentment. That’s too much pressure to put on my spouse and my kids. It’s not their responsibility to keep me happy and fulfilled all of the time.
The only way I am going to be filled with the type of contentment I’m striving to find is by allowing myself to be fulfilled by God. On days when my kids are moody, I can ask God to give me the peace and strength I need to still feel the joy that surrounds me. Only He can show me that even on the hard days, His promises are still true. Only He can remind me that even though this day is difficult, joy will come in the morning. Only He can encourage me to keep my eyes fixed on Him when I’m wanting to look at everything that is wrong with my day.
Psalm 30:11-12, it says,
“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.”
He is the only one who can turn our wailing into dancing and clothe us with joy. When we are feeling the burdens of everyday life, we can turn to Him and He can fill us with peace, joy, comfort and a feeling of contentment that we can’t get elsewhere. So whatever it is you are struggling with today, try to lay it down and look to our Father. He will help you find the peace and joy you are craving.