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Finding Joy Today

December 7, 2021

Let me outline the last few weeks on my calendar: work travel, a few days out of town to see family for Thanksgiving, end-of-year meetings, holiday parties, Christmas shopping, budgeting for 2022. This doesn’t even mention the fact that I have a 1 and 3 year old at home.

Don’t get me wrong, these weeks have been fun, but they have also been full.

I’m guessing the same is true for you. Sure, the activities might be different. However, most of you have very full plates, packed calendars, and you might be overwhelmed.

What do we do when life feels crazy? If you’re like me, you look out into the future, envisioning a time when things will “settle down.”

Once my children get a little bit older.
When this crazy season at work passes.
After I can get this debt paid off.
If I can just close this piece of business.
When I’m not single anymore.
After this quarter ends.

We look forward to that elusive moment when we will finally do ____________ (fill in the blank).

Looking toward the future isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I always encourage leaders to set goals and have a vision for the future.

At the same time, I can’t help but think that many of us are wishing our lives away.

As the great philosopher, Dr. Suess, once pondered:
“How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?”

Yes, Christmas will be here before we know it.
And then the new year.
And then…. all of the other things.

My encouragement is for you is to find joy in today.
Right now.
In this moment.
In the middle of the mess and the chaos.

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminded us by saying:

We know it’s true, but are we living like it’s true?

Take a moment today to take stock and find joy right where you are.


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