Joy In Life…
This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~George Bernard Shaw~
When realization comes that true and lasting joy results from service to others in a worthy cause, rather than service of self, nothing can ever again shake it…if you stay sober. One of the keys to maintaining that joy however, is in NOT looking for man’s acclaim and recognition for your efforts. It comes from within…a deep knowing and sense of satisfaction, that you are indeed accomplishing that to which you have been called. There is a difference between joy and happiness. You may not always be happy with a given situation or circumstance, but that inner joy and peace can yet be sustained, throughout any momentary trial.
Thought for the day
Feelings of worth are very much a rarity among addicts in early sobriety. If we are to grow in the image and likeness of our creator, if we are to really be in recovery instead of talking of it, we must learn to feel joyful about who we are and what we are all about as human beings. How are you feeling these days?
So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. ~Nehemiah 8:8-12~
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. ~2 Corinthians 12:9,10~