Freiraum für Freude
Theologian Henry Nouwen wrote:
Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.
Joy is, however, often a struggle to find! Life often brings new daily challenges, and these challenges can slowly erode our happiness and contentment until we feel like a dry desert or hard, exposed bedrock.
No physical location can instantly bring joy, or restore happiness. But we all need places that we can go in the middle of the struggles of life and through meaningful connections and personal growth beginto discover what it means to be content and at peace regardless of life’s circumstances.
In short, we need to learn how to choose joy, and how to keep choosing it every day!
One Old Testament leader wrote:
The joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
This kind of strength can help us face the challenges of life instead of having our emotional state be constantly at the whim of our circumstances.