The typical teenager is someone a lot of people would try and describe as sad. Some people might even describe them as depressed or rebellious. I think many people have said these things over teenagers and now we are starting to believe that this has to be who we are. One time, my friend was told that being sad was normal because she is a teenager and it is just a phase of life. Hold on a second… I’m sorry…WHAT?
As teenagers, sometimes I think we take on this mindset of having to act one certain way because the teenage years are just a ‘“phase” that we have to get through. This is not the way that God has called us to live. God even said in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” God has called us to live full of joy and full of life! He has not called us, as teenagers, to live in darkness or sadness. This does not mean that bad days won’t come, but those bad days will try and come at you the rest of your life, not just while you are a teenager. It is our job to CHOOSE to hold on to that joy and life that God has already placed in us. We have to make the choice to grab onto that joy and run with it.
Sometimes joy is hard to understand. One time, I was asked, “Where do I find joy?” People try to find joy in objects or talents. Some people even try and find it in every day things, such as food. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE food and it brings much happiness to my life, but the joy that I am talking about, and the joy that I think a lot of people are looking for, can only be found in one place. That place is God. Joy is something that God has already given us and it is a choice that we get to make. We get to choose joy. When we choose joy, it is then that we begin to see things shift in our lives.
In the Bible, there’s a story of a man named Job. He lost everything and began to see no purpose to his life. He cried out to God to restore what had been lost but it wasn’t until Job chose joy that things in his life began to shift. When we choose God’s life and joy, it doesn’t make the situation go away, but God’s life brings so much peace and will fill you with so much joy, that you can’t help but just smile even when it’s hard. I pray that as you are reading this that God’s joy would begin to overtake who you are. I ask that the joy of the Lord would resonate from your life just the way God intended it to.