People fight adversity with many tools. Anger. Sadness. Denial. Frustration.
But my weapon of choice for this fight is joy.
I’ve been trying to fight with laughter and happiness and levity and winsomeness and mirth and gladness and gratefulness. Some days I fare far better than others. But I’m still continuing the fight.
Will you join me? Will you choose to fight with joy no matter your circumstance or adversity?
Here are 4 powerful ways to fight with joy today:
1. Practice Enthusiasm.
When we’re wrestling with adversity, enthusiasm can be hard to come by. That’s why it’s important to look for the little things—those tiny gifts of moments that appear all around. A bowl full of fresh strawberries or raspberries, an arresting sunset or sunrise, the snuggle of a furry friend, the embrace of friend. When we search for the good and true and beautiful, we can begin to shift our focus. Words of complaint are replaced with words of gratitude. We begin to recognize the ways God is lavishing on us in the midst of the trial. When you practice enthusiasm, it will organically rub off on the people around you.
Put it into practice: This week, replace your complaints with words of praise. For every time you complain, offer two instances of thanksgiving and praise onto God. Watch as your attitude shifts to rejoicing in the fullness of life.
2. Celebrate the Best in People.
As life’s storms brew, it may be easy to take it out on those closest to you. Instead, look for moments to celebrate those around you—your spouse, co-worker, classmate, or friend. Point out where you see their gifts and talents. Commend them for their faithfulness, joy, encouragement, or positivity. Surprise a friend with their favorite treat or Starbucks drink to remind them they are loved.
Put it into practice: Celebrate someone each day this week. Go out of your way to encourage, compliment, and rejoice in who God created them to be without expecting anything in return. Watch relationships deepen as you put others first.
3. Let it Go.
Choose to forgive and experience the freedom that it brings. Instead of meditating on your error or the mistake of someone else, let it go. Extend forgiveness to yourself or others and feel the weight lift. Experience the joy and levity of living free from the shackles of unforgiveness.
4. Savor the Wonder of God.
Moments of spiritual awakening that make you long to know God more surround you. The wonder of God is waiting in your friendships and family, your workplace and church, your extraordinary moments and in your mundane, in your joys and your tears. Yet how often do we pass by unaware? Instead, choose to live awake and aware to the ways God reveals himself to you.