“The prospect of the righteous is joy.” Proverbs 10:28
True Joy is the state of a satiated soul, which forever abandons folies of grandeur and unreachable fantasies.
The following are some God-inspired tips that have helped many into that ever delicate place of bliss.
1. No work is shameful
Life is a winding road, and navigating it prosperously is not meant to be easy. That’s why no success comes overnight and nor does it ever materialize on a straight line, which means you might have to do a lot of things you don’t like first before maybe do what you like.
Mike Rowe said it best, “Dream jobs are usually just that – dreams. But their imaginary existence just might keep you from exploring careers that offer a legitimate chance to perform meaningful work.“
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” Proverbs 6:6
2. Be content
Whether financially or relationally be content of your situation, and always live within your means. Grumbling and complaining indubitably create conflicts and engender more headaches than you can anticipate.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 11-13
3. Don’t be seduced by the world
Work hard and provide for your family, but do not let the accumulation of useless things you deem needful take hold of you.
“For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16
The simpler the life, the better.
“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.” Proverbs 13:7
4. Understand your role in life and appreciate your limitation
When thoughts of grandeur begin to fill your head because of what others have that you don’t, cogitate on John the Baptist who appreciated his limitation and did not covet Jesus’s glory. John Chapter 3:
26 And they came to John and said to him, “Teacher, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.”
27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’
29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Therefore, don’t be envious of others nor strive to walk their path. Instead, rejoice in their success.
“Envy makes the bones rot.” Proverbs 14:30
You are unique, and God has prepared a unique path for you. Find out what it is and stick to its limitation.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:11
5. Keep your plan in perspective
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” Hebrews 11:13
That verse does not imply that your plan won’t happen in your lifetime, and it does not mean it will either. It may also mean that your children will carry it through.
“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?‘” 2 Samuel 7:1
David’s son Jesus is the One who built the Temple. And the Temple Jesus built is a totally different temple than what David had in mind. Still, it is a Temple.
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
Your plan is between you and God, and only God can impart to you whether it will come true in your lifetime or not. Many times God has to perform a Heart Adjustment before fulfilling it.