Monday, October 21, 2019

It Is In The Focus + #MyPostMonday The Week's Best Original Content

One of the wisest men to ever live on the planet said that the joy we feel isn't because of circumstances in our lives, but rather, where our focus lies. 

I find that when I step outside of myself, out of my own little box of pity parties, self-justifications, rationalizations and explanations as to why I should be feeling horrible, and instead focus on someone else and how they might be feeling, I find that I can feel joy and gratitude more readily.

Why is that? I feel that as a Christian woman, I have been taught to rely on Jesus Christ and his gift of the Atonement. It is a real and working entity that has such power, if I let it. He has given us teachings and examples in His life that are so powerful. If I truly follow those examples and teachings, I can access the power that He was teaching those who had eyes to see and ears to hear. 

What is the best way to access that gift? I'd suggest start by reading the New Testament. In our weekly study, we have been reading the New Testament, spreading it out over the course of a year. It has been so eye-opening to me and I've gained such an appreciation of what Jesus Christ did while on this earth. I felt like I was one of the crowd as He was put in front of the Sadducees and Pharisees and then before Pilate. They so wanted Him dead. They were unknowingly fulfilling the plan that had been laid from the beginning!

Long story short, if I am to believe what He said about having a thirst that is forever quenched and a joy that is full, I'm going to focus my life on His teachings and try to become a more fit disciple. It's not easy, but why would I feel worthy to be called a disciple any other way? And I really love the feeling of pure undiluted joy---regardless of the circumstance.

  Today is "My Post Monday!", a curation of the week's best original content. It's all about posts from Crafts to Camping, Wellness to Wealth, Fashion to Food, and whatever else is on the brain!  I  open up with a post of my own and then follow it up with a linky of the week's top original blog posts! It's all about what the writer thinks, believes, and knows--in other words, they are active, writing blogs. If I happen to find a great original, non-sponsored post, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MyPostMonday hashtag!  I can miss some amazing posts, but I don't want to!  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll visit your site, comment, promote and publicize(Affiliate links welcome)


slehan said...

I think it boils down to: Be Kind to Others.

MDKennedy said...

So true. I am happier now that I am retired than I was when I was focused on early money!

elizamatt said...

I agree with siehan, and a smile goes a long way too, as does a hug :-)

A GAL NEEDS... said...

slehan - I do agree on that one!
MDKennedy - That's wonderful that you recognize that difference!
elizamatt - I'm working on smiling no matter what I feel like!

elizamatt said...

I believe that if you can feel compassion for others, show love, are generous and giving of yourself - in other words you are a good person and that is all one can wish for.