Are you waiting to experience joy?

door swagOur pastor has been doing a great series called Songs of the Season that focuses on a different Christmas carol each week. Yesterday was Joy to the World.

So, of course, we talked about joy (and yes, he does invite the congregation to interact!). One of his comments got me to thinking about how often we WAIT to experience joy. I know I’m guilty of thinking joy will come when _____________. Fill in the blank.

  • When I get married.
  • When I find that dream job.
  • When we by a house. (When we pay off the house!)
  • When I have a book published.

Our pastor’s parting challenge was to ask God where we need to be finding joy in our circumstances. Which made me think about how much joy my writing brings me. I find joy in . . .

  • Holding a finished novel.
  • Interacting with readers at readings, signings, and online.
  • Hearing from readers about what my stories mean to them.
  • And just writing brings me incredible joy–that act of creation.

And what do I catch myself focusing on instead?

  • Will my editor like this story or will it need to be changed?
  • Will I get another contract when this one is finished?
  • How are my reviews?
  • How are my sales?
  • Should I be marketing more? How??

And suddenly, the joy of being an author is sucked right out of me.

This morning I went to get a mammogram. And in the spirit of the season I took a signed copy of When Silence Sings. When the girl “taking my pictures” was done, I gave her the book and said, “Merry Christmas!”

She was downright excited! She told me she’ll have time off next week and can’t wait to read the book. She even asked about leaving a review. It was a JOYFUL moment. Those are the moments I want to live in. And I’m determined to be more conscious of not letting those sneaky what ifs rob me of my joy.

Where can you find joy today?

 

Published by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Author, wife, child of God.

8 thoughts on “Are you waiting to experience joy?

  1. Well stated, Sarah. Too often we leave the ‘what ifs’ rob us of joy. The gift of love you gave the girl who did your mammogram brought double joy, I’m sure: both to you & the recipient. And, the surprise, unexpected gift may well be remembered long after others have been forgotten. That’s why I find joy in doing little things throughout the year when not expected!!!

  2. Luv this, Sarah 🙂 I decided many years ago, when God accepted me as I was & saved my soul~ I would live my life w/no regrets. I find that “Joy”
    in this life every single day..it’s easy if you ask God to show you where
    HE is working daily..my life is blessed at just the right time & others
    see God working thru me! It’s truly
    “my pleasure” as they say!! 🙏

  3. I find joy in the that warm beam of sunlight that finds me sitting in my window chair wishing for summer during the short, cold days of winter. That little beam of sunshine reminds me how God knows my needs, even that longing for sunlight in winter. Sunlight is a welcome joy!

  4. Love, love, love this Sarah! Just what I needed to read today as those writerly ‘what ifs’ come in to steal all the writerly joys you mentioned! And I also loved the novel!! Passing it along to my West Virginia hubby! Hugs!

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