I like to golf, but the problem is that I am not good at it. I’m not that bad, but I’m definitely not that good.
This summer has been a huge illustration to me that my attitude — my approach to the situation — greatly impacts my experience. When I golf badly and get frustrated and angry, my game goes even further downhill and I don’t have fun at all. When I can laugh at myself, shrug off the bad shots and just enjoy being with my family and friends on the course, I really have a good time.
Choosing joy instead of the frustration that can creep up on me during a game had noticeable effects. My game did not improve that much, but there were good holes here and there or nice shots that surprised me far more often when I didn’t let myself get upset.
I’d like to think that I can apply this same philosophy to the daily grind of work and life in general, as well. Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Looking at my actions as a form of worship as opposed to a reaction to all the negativity might help me enjoy everything more.
I would like to challenge you to try this along with me. I definitely smiled more, laughed more, talked more and played better when I changed my approach on the golf course, and I really think that this same basic thought process can be more widely applied. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, and we should strive to share that with others also.
Please understand that I am talking about normal, daily life here. I do know that there are times that choosing joy is just another token notion from people who tell us to “snap out” of depression. I’ve been through struggles that are too heavy for me to just get over like that. Reaching out to those around or a support group for help is important, and remember that Psalms 30:5 tells us, “Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” There are times that the night seems to last forever, but hold on, reach out and the dawn will come.
Katie Grobe is the director of the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center in Craig. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.