I read the above statement on a note card at the Christmas in Cowtown event a few weeks back. It has lingered on my mind because I seem to think that I have to wait for joy.
Until the house is clean.
Until the errands are run.
Until the work is done.
Until the Longhorns return to #1 in the BCS rankings.
Until the semester is over.
Until the New Year.
Until I'm married.
Until the next presidential election.
Until I have a family.
Until . . . .
It's not as if I don't have things in my life to be joyful about. I have many. But I often find myself in numb mode, living life by simply going through the motions. Trying to achieve a certain accomplishment or status to get my joy.
But this little statement--Don't postpone joy--along with Paul's words to
"[b]e joyful always" (1 Thes. 5:16) are great reminders that we can choose to live joyfully every day instead of postponing joy as a future reward that must be earned.
What will you choose to be joyful about today?