Do you ever have mornings where you’re shuffling around your house on autopilot? Hours later as you “wake up” you realize that breakfast was made and cleaned up and kids got out the door for school but it’s all kind of a blur.
Someone asks you how your week has been and you think back, but…..well, you can’t really remember how it’s been because it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what you’ve even done. You’re just glad you made it.
Is there joy to be found in the seasons of busyness and work? Is it even possible to experience positive things in the mundane and often pessimistic; when you’re just putting one foot in front of the other?
The everyday is where you can most experience God’s faithfulness. As you rush around and work harder than you ever thought you’d have to; as you fail and try again; as you muster up the strength to make it through the day. Joy is there and it can fill all the deep crevices of your heart.
Joy can be found when you see the needs in your home as a calling instead of a distraction. It doesn’t matter whether you work outside the home, from home, or are a stay-at-home mom. You have the opportunity to find joy as you nurture those that live with you. It doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s joy, either. Some women are like Martha Stewart and can make a beautiful art piece out of dirt and leaves they found in the backyard. Others just struggle to pull out a frozen lasagna and pop it in the oven. That’s okay. Don’t compare your joy with your fiend’s joy. Making things look perfect isn’t the point. Loving the people closest to you with a heart that’s motivated by a willingness to sacrifice for their well-being makes all the difference.
Joy can be found when you see the needs of your community as an extension of the calling in your home. The word community, in this context, does not mean your whole town. No one can meet the needs of every single person in their vicinity, but knowing the needs of the friends around you and being willing to meet those needs wherever you can is a big part of experiencing joy. If you know that a friend is struggling then make time to have her over for a cup of coffee and some encouragement. Send a meaningful text when you think about someone. Really listen when people talk with you so that you can remember their struggles and make sure to ask them how they’re doing in that area the next time you see them. Again, perfection is not the goal here. Joy thrives in the heart that is motivated by love.
Even in the midst of the busy and mundane it’s possible to have joy. The heart that is motivated by love can’t help but have it. Where are you lacking in joy today? Are you motivated by love in those areas? What steps can you take to change your motivations?