I used to read books in areas of my life I needed help with. I read books about peoples’ success stories. I read books about how to stop my brain from running so fast and how to focus. I read books about being an optimist instead of a pessimist. I read books on how to be more present in a world full of distractions. Those books had some good things to say, but it never really helped me.
I didn’t become more successful, I still couldn’t focus, the glass wasn’t half full, and I was never present.
I couldn’t fix myself and neither can you.
I quit reading those books and started reading more of the Bible. And the more I leaned on and grew in Jesus the more child-like I felt. Remember being a kid? Nothing could keep you down (for too long), your imagination could turn the bathtub into a full blown G.I. Joe rescue mission, and you could play with your food while tuning out the world.
You were fully alive with all 5 senses.
Every good quality is a by-product of our relationship with Jesus. Galatians 5:22 says that the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.
Who wouldn’t want those qualities?
Notice how it says joy and not happiness. Know the difference between the two? Happiness is relative to your circumstances. Anyone can be happy laying on a beach. But not everyone taps into the joy that’s offered. Joy as in, your current circumstances give you every right to be unhappy, but the Spirit is unleashing peace that transcends understanding in the midst of it all.
He stands at the door and knocks, and you’ve been given the free will to answer or not.