Pro Joy : It's A Choice

Today after a long drought of not writing, I have arrived at my keyboard again. Clicking and typing away. I have an important notice for you!

Graduating this year with a Journalism degree with a concentration in Advertising.

I have started my senior year of college. And I'm loving it! A bit of an exaggeration yes. However, I am determined to make this year great. How is this possible? I have no control over my circumstances, but I do control my reaction. I can choose to see today as a blessing. I can choose to see this joy draining, life sucking sickness as a way to strengthen my immune system. The point is...I get to choose joy! I always thought the people who were the happiest were ones with the best circumstances. I was dead wrong. 

The people closest to me went through a rough patch these past couple of months. I definitely wasn't as supportive or forgiving as I could've been. But, my lack of humility wasn't what surprised me the most. It was their abundance of joy. Even in the stinkiest and muddiest stuff life could send their way, they chose to be loving, honest and joyful. 

All this to say - it's more than just a choice. They would attest to that. It wasn't through their meager human power they were able to get through it all, but the love and support of Jesus. Jesus shows up in the most uncommon ways. He shows himself in the rain. In getting a shift covered at work. In a free cup of coffee from a stranger. 

Anything based out of love comes from Jesus. So, really the only way my close friends and family (and I) made it through this dark valley is because of Jesus. 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
— James 1: 2-4