November 1, 2015

Top Example of Finding Stability in Darkness

Does it seem like your trials never end; they just change? Do the legitimate reasons for bitterness and resentment keep building? Welcome to the club! This organization is open to the public. It’s the most popular spot in town. Everyone’s clamoring to get in.

Why? Every person can give a long list of people and circumstances to blame for their current condition. I would suggest that few of us are exactly where we expected to be at this point in life.

The trick, then, is to find a way to be content in any condition.  We have to find a way to be stable in the middle of positive or negative circumstances. I recently wrote an article about being peaceful in the middle of storms. I would like to continue that theme today.

Lenore Wirtz

She is an overcomer mentioned in an episode of Joyce Meyer’s Enjoying Everyday Life. This remarkable woman keeps a great attitude despite ridiculous odds. She was working by herself in a small clothing store when a man entered and stabbed her over 30 times. She was temporarily blinded by the loss of blood. When she called on the name of Jesus, she was able to see only long enough to drag herself to the front door and open it.

She has undergone five unbelievably painful surgeries so far. From the beginning, her family was warned that life would never be the same. She would probably never be able to leave her house again.  This is a paraphrase of her response: I am not going to let this define me.

She hasn’t let the results of evil distinguish her, either. She is able to get out of her house. Also, Lenore appears to be more well-adjusted than individuals who have been through a fraction of her trials. Emotional darkness has no place in her life.

Quotes About Joy

Throughout time, many prominent people have touched on the topic of how we must look inside ourselves for peace. We cannot allow our personalities to fluctuate with every situation.  I have taken some quotes about joy from the excellent article on called “Joy Quotes”:

“Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God.”—Robert Schuller
“Joy is you at the deepest level, and your joy is one with the infinite timeless joy of this unbound universe.”—Robert Ellwood
“Joy is untouched by circumstance.”—Unknown
“Joy is an inside job.”—Don Blanding
“Joy springs from within; no one makes you joyous; you choose joyfulness.”—Unknown
“What I know for sure is that you feel real JOY in direct proportion to how connected you are to living your truth.”—Oprah Winfrey
“In thy presence is fullness of joy.”—Psalms 16:11
“Joy is not in things; it is in us.”—Richard Wagner
(This quote is not found in the article.) “Our joy is not around us; it’s in us.”—Joyce Meyer

My Conclusion

Often, it may seem like there is little contentment to be found anywhere. The world is full of injustice, inequality, and malevolence.  You don’t have to look hard to find it. Our lives are usually not a level field of continual delight, either. We can be limited by sickness and other restrictions. 

That means that the only way to find true joy is to look within, to our inner strength. We must rise above our circumstances because they will change—for better or for worse.

Please see more about contentment in all situations in my book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

How have you found joy despite difficult circumstances?

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