In the Battle for Joy, Be the Light

be the light“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body,” Jesus said. “When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” (Matthew 6:22-23)

Today I woke up and immediately threw the covers back over my head, feeling like there wasn’t a reason to get out of bed. My thoughts instantly jumped to the things I was dreading, and the should haves. I felt grumpy. Granted, I am not a morning person at all. I’m not even ready to hear a good morning until I’ve at least had a few sips of caffeine!

But it was more than this. It was a heavy black cloud of discouragement and purposelessness, and a lack of hope in the future. I am in one of the longest periods of waiting in my life. When you’re waiting it feels like life doesn’t start until the waiting is over.

But as I journaled this morning, I had to change my perspective, the way that I was looking at today. God has a purpose for us every single day, even when things are messy, chaotic, or in what seems like a period of endless waiting.

The enemy wants to keep us down, sinking into the discouragement of self and feelings and loneliness. Job 14:14 says that our days are a struggle and a warfare in this ferocious thrash for joy.

Jesus says if our eyes are good our whole body is good and filled with light. Taking a look into some of that light, 1 Peter 4:8 says, ” Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers over a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

Feeling purposeless, not knowing where you fit in in the world and with the people around you, brings with it, an enormous weight of feelings of worthlessness. Realizing that our purpose is laid out to us each day and it’s not complicated helps to lift us when we feel this despair. It’s seeing the light, the light that is God’s Word and allowing it to fill us. It is to be the light and to shine it bright in the dim and dark places that are in our workplaces, our families, and our homes. It’s to love each other earnestly and to do things for each other out of a happy heart to serve, not begrudgingly.

If we can wake up with a heart of purpose in a hope to see God in our day, to see the light of his Word shine through our fear, our discouragements, our complacency, and in that, to share it and spread it around, I believe that even in periods of hard waiting or in the unknown, we can win in this constant battle for joy.

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