Holly Mueller blog, Reading, Teaching, Learning is a place where readers can share their spiritual journeys. I have been reading these posts for the past several weeks, but was hesitant about participating. The main reason is that I wanted my blog to be an educational blog where I share my life as a teacher, a reader, and a writer. I did not feel like my spiritual journey belonged here.
Then I thought, writing is writing. It doesn't have to belong in the educational setting. It can belong in my heart and come from my heart. I read Christian and spiritual books, but I have never shared those on my blog, only kid lit. I hope that I am a teacher not only in a school setting, but in life or in my spiritual journey as well. I am still considering another blog with maybe a spiritual focus because I think it would help me REACH in ways that I need and desire.
The other reason is that I didn't feel like I belonged there. I didn't feel like I had a strong enough Christian life to write about it. I did not want to be compared to other Christian writers, because I knew I would fail.
Then I remembered seeing this quote on Michelle Haseltine's blog, One Grateful Teacher.
"Comparison is the thief of joy." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
There was my answer and here is my post.
When I saw that the topic was JOY, I knew I wanted to go back and reread my favorite section in Joel Osteen's book, Every Day A Friday.
"No one will take away your joy" (John 16:22)
The first section of the book is about joy and the power that we have over our own joy.
This past year I let someone take away my joy. I let the comments made about me affect me in negative, emotional ways. I let her take away my joy. When we allow someone and what they say to upset us, we are giving that person control. What I learned was what people say about us does not define who we are. I am me, and no one can change that. I am in control of me. I will not let someone take away my joy.
God tells us that "joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5.) Each day we wake up and God gives us the gift of joy. We get to decide if today we will accept joy, or will we let someone take it away.
Today when you woke up, I hope you heard God's knock at the door and accepted his gift of joy.
"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118: 24)