May 25, 2023 · Bob Gass
“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you.” John 15:11
Why did Jesus say, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full”? Because if you let it, stress will drain you of joy and consign you to a life of depression, dullness, and discontent. Let’s face it – most of us are way too serious! We make a big deal out of everything. Being five minutes late, getting stuck in traffic, somebody giving us a wrong look, waiting in line, overcooking a meal, gaining a pound, discovering a wrinkle, making an honest mistake…you name it – we lose all perspective. The real problem is we have unrealistic expectations. That’s not how God wants you to live! If you want to experience the joy Jesus promised, do these two things: (1) Concede that your uptightness is largely because of the way you have decided life should be. (2) Acknowledge that your expectations are causing you much of your frustration. When you keep expecting things to always be a certain way and they’re not, you will always be upset. Here is an idea: try approaching life today without all those expectations. For example, don’t expect everybody to be friendly – then when some are, you will be delighted. Don’t expect your day to be hassle-free; when trouble comes, look up and say, “Thank you, Lord, for another chance to grow.” Go ahead, try it and see how much better things are. Rather than swimming against the tide, learn to flow with it. Pretty soon, you will find you’re enjoying life more! And not just that – other people will enjoy being around you more.
Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 23-25