Choosing Joy

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” ~ Colossians 3:16

Of late I have continuously felt like I’m the world’s most perfect example of a broken record. Not only in the same things I’ve felt and expressed but also in the polar opposites of my attitude and how they reoccur. I find myself constantly saying, “I don’t know what my problem is today, I can’t get anything done,” or “I feel so tired today and just can’t get into it.” These notions are immediately followed a day later by “I had the best day today,” and “I just felt excellent and had such a blessed day.” Back and forth, over and over, the sentiment has been the same. As it continues to happen time just goes by.

So what changed from day to day? The more I thought about it the easier it became to pinpoint. I changed. I chose to let myself get down and just as quick I chose to pull up my boots and not let the circumstances of the present make me feel so dejected. Now I’m not saying that some days aren’t going to be difficult because that itself is just a part of life. What I am saying is that we have the power and control in our lives to choose how circumstances affect us and how we respond. We can do this on our own but sometimes the effect is little more than just “putting on a happy face.”


We can take this feeling and also look to our Heavenly Father in order to find true joy and happiness. When I read this scripture and thought of His word in me I couldn’t help but smile. His word in me…richly in all these things to the point that I sing with grace in my heart to the Lord. The thought of having this wisdom and teaching that overwhelms me to such a point that I had to convey that via psalms, hymns and songs with someone else sounds almost too good to be true. The reality though is that it’s not. God is His word. If we have His word in our hearts we not only have Him in our hearts but it creates in us such a joy we are truly overwhelmed.

My suggestion for myself (to avoid the broken record syndrome) and for anyone else is to bury His word into our hearts. To let Him be the source of our joy and rejoice in that with everyone around us. I know this will do far more than just put a smile on our faces, it will change our attitudes completely.

~Kenny Stahl

Kenny Stahl
Kenny Stahl is a believer who currently lives in Ruidoso, NM. He's passionate about sharing Jesus with anyone he can. He's a father to 2 wonderful children. He's been writing devotionals faithfully for Inscription since January 2017.

  • ShelbySeptember 24, 2017 at 7:58 am
    The insight you share today is so true. The human nature to cycle over and over again is our failure and fault. When we allow ourselves to let the light of the Lord shine in and through our lives we glow with ambitious zest, excited with singing and love for all. When we allow ourselves to get down, and shut the light out, we are unable to feel that zest and glow that comes from the true source lamp that lights our paths to a warm loving fulfilled day sharing and caring, knowing we are loved and we want to let everyone know that incredible feeling of his great love .Reply

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