Around peak season at work I’m called to help out in other areas due to the demand of the job. This has challenged me to stretch and grow beyond what perceptions I had of my own capabilities. Although towards the down slide of this period, a close family member’s health concerns began putting a strain on my emotions.
What I found out about myself through all of it was that I am in control of my own happiness. Instead of allowing a situation to control me affecting my work, I quickly faced realities, said a quick prayer permitting myself to feel and to heal.
As a result, I realised that I’m truly happy, content and that God has it. We can’t control everything. But we knock ourselves about trying!
Most people go to work every day, do their tasks and go home to their private lives not thinking about work until they’re on the way to their jobs again. Me, I’m always on it taking notes writing ideas down that whirr around in my head of things that I hear, read, see on TV or hear on the radio. It’s so much fun that I’m growing. I love my job.
At home life is good. My husband and I have a happy marriage, kids and a lovely home. We’re all doing things we enjoy doing and are living a life that we enjoy living. But this isn’t the real source of my happiness.
I’ve discovered that inner peace & joy comes from within. It oozes out from the core of my being. I can’t fill my heart with temporary things that fade, nor can I lie to myself about them. Once those things are gone, I’ll be left feeling empty inside. So instead I’ve opted to fill my heart with love and truth. They’re the eternal things that will stand long after I’m gone from this world leaving a legacy of peace, love, hope and truth for others who remain.
Love in the purest sense of the word is explained well in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
This verse reflects God’s love for you! GOD IS LOVE. This is the truth. Jesus said, “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:32.
- He is patient
- He is kind
- He does not envy
- He does not boast
- He is not proud
- He will not dishonour others
- He is not self seeking
- He is not easily angered
- He does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth
- He always protects
- He always trusts
- He always hopes
- He always perseveres.
Nothing else but God can fill the void. Not your spouse, partner, parents, friends, your job or the material possessions you own can take the place of God. Make him first in your life and your joy will be complete.
By Sandra Ciminelli.
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