All of us are looking for joy, at least to happen some day in our life. Most of us expect it at the end of a great accomplishment. But let me share a simple secret of how I am happy, joyous, and in heaven every single day!
Like most driven self-motivated people, I used to find my biggest happiness through my accomplishments. But then, through 60 years of life, I discovered that none of my accomplishments “accomplished” anything that was going to last. In fact, many of the things I did turned into outright failures! Despite success or failure, I learned it was necessary for me as a leader to remain joyful and happy in my own personal life.
As you can see, this causes an internal conundrum. It took a long time to go through this internal learning process. The Holy Spirit (which Jesus says is the great Teacher) was educating me. Now here’s the secret: I needed a new way of rewiring my thinking so I could live and lead correctly. And man, does this bring me joy daily!
What really makes me internally happy, and makes every day like Heaven isn’t my accomplishments. It is learning to obey and to do exactly what the Holy Spirit says to me each day. Whether I’m simply lingering to smell the lavender growing by the side of the street, or buying a sandwich for a young man sitting by the 7-11 for lunch. Daily obedience fills my life with treasures of joy, sparkling adventures, and new accomplishments!
The amazing thing is, sometimes these simple obedient actions later turn into major events that actually produce miracles! And that means just maybe my life as a leader will amount to something that will last. Oh the joy of serving God!
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky