“I can’t do this. It’s impossible. There’s no way I will ever be able to do this. I’m not strong enough to handle all of this.” Those are things we often say to ourselves throughout the day and throughout the week. We don’t feel like we are strong enough. Strength is defined as the state of being strong. Wow. Wouldn’t it be nice to be strong?! How many of us actually feel strong most days? I know myself that some days I wake and I feel like I can tackle anything. All cylinders are firing. Other days, I wake and just drag. I can almost tell that everything I attempt will be difficult. Where can I get the strength I need to get through this day and ultimately my life?
The scripture in Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” The joy of the Lord is my strength? Joy (aka the feeling of great pleasure and happiness) of the Lord is my strength. I can interpret that two ways and both of them sound fun.
- The Joy OF the Lord is my strength. So, what can I do to make the Lord full of great pleasure and happiness? Surely not waking in the new day that he has given me and grumbling down the stairs to complain about all that I have to do that day. I don’t think that brings Him joy.
- The JOY of the Lord is my strength. So, JOY is from the Lord. Remember, Joy is feeling pleasure and happiness, so what should I do today to experience it?
Being that I am not a theologian and the fact that I just make this stuff up as I go, don’t hold me accountable, but I think that either interpretation will bring you joy and thus, bring the Lord joy. So, what can we do when we wake having one of those days when we aren’t feeling strong?
Yesterday I listened to a teaching by Hannah Keely that suggested, that we ask ourselves not only, “What do I have to do today?” but also “What can I do to have fun today?” And, though her message wasn’t exactly what we are talking about, I think that quote fits in perfectly here. When we are trying to figure out what we have to do on any given day, we should also be figuring out how we are going to have fun that day. I think that would renew our joy and therefore, give us STRENGTH.
Let’s go play and have fun and be strong!
10 Easy things adults can do to be silly and have fun:
- Call a friend who makes you laugh.
- Put silly photos of your family on the fridge.
- Write yourself a fun message on your bathroom mirror.
- Blow Bubbles!
- Play with your pet or the kid next store.
- Wave at people in passing cars.
- Read the funnies in the paper & mail the really good one to a friend.
- Play a prank on someone you love. (And who loves you enough to tolerate it!)
- Blow up a balloon and see how many times you can keep it in the air.
- Dance during commercials while watching TV
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength. — Nehemiah 8:10