I choose Joy.
God’s joy is not based on circumstances. It’s not based on what we have, or don’t have. Joy is not based on how we feel, or what is happening in our lives. Joy comes from trusting. Romans 15:13 says, "may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
If you aren’t trusting God, you will grow discouraged and weary, but by trusting Him, we too can find the strength to live life with joy. Joy isn’t an emotion that is constantly gushing out of our lives without us having to think about it. That isn’t to say that joy can’t become an ever-present fruit that is always available and growing in our lives—because it can be! Just like a physical garden needs to be tended to produce abundant fruit, there are certain things we need to do to cultivate this fruit of the Spirit in our own lives. As we choose to consider Christ and what He did for us, as we turn our hearts thankfully to Him, and as we look to Him in trust, we are also making the choice to “grow” in joy.
We all know there are other choices before us when hard times come. We can get angry with God for His role in allowing the trial. We can get discouraged because we were expecting an easier life with Christ. We can even develop a persistent bad attitude in a trial that doesn’t allow others to see our hope in Him in the middle of what God is doing. Joy is a much better choice!
I am chosen by God and I choose joy. I can’t endure in my own strength, but by trusting in Your strength I can endure with joy! I know that with You all things are possible and so I will choose to rejoice at all times.