Is it difficult to have joy in the midst of challenges? Yep. I've been in the midst for many years now. During this time, I have suffered many setbacks and been at the end of my rope--sometimes hanging on by a toenail. I have felt overwhelmed, heavy-laden. Absolutely exhausted. But despite the challenges, I have joy. You know why? Because I'm still here--still alive, still standing--in the midst.

Life is hard. At least mine is. But it's a wonderful life. I make the best of my circumstances and the opportunities presented to me. I choose how to handle life's challenges. That's one of the few things over which I have control. I can choose to dwell on my challenges, or I can choose to celebrate my blessings. I choose to see my life as rich with texture. Texture provides depth. The texture of my life came from learning the value of being in the midst. After all, it's in the midst that I learned who I am and what I'm made of.  It's in the midst I learned on whom to lean. It's in the midst that I learned I have strength where I thought I was weak, and that I am weak where I thought I had strength. It's in the midst that I learned who my true friends are.  It's in the midst that I found joy. It's in the midst that I learned that I can be bent by life's circumstances but not broken. In the midst, I learned to look for the lessons of my circumstances so as not to repeat them (if I have any control over them) and to use those lessons as a catapult to higher ground.

I'm stronger because of what I've learned in the midst. I'm wiser because of what I've learned in the midst. My faith has increased because of what I've learned in the midst. So when I look back over my life and the lessons I've learned in the midst, I can say without hesitation, yep, it's difficult to have joy in the midst of challenges. But I choose it anyway. I love its texture.

What about you? Do you find it difficult to have joy in the midst?
 


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Lowell Mays
07/31/2012 9:43pm

Yes, I also find it difficult to have joy in the midst. It's a mixed bag, but I choose to focus on all that GOD has done for me--I'm blessed!

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Natalie
07/31/2012 11:52pm

Lowell,

I agree, it's a mixed bag indeed. Fortunately, we know where to turn for help. Thanks for your comment.

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