Do not quickly move on from joy

Do not quickly move on from joy. I have the tendency to move on to the next thing in the worst way – moving on to the next thing without fully rejoicing in and soaking in the present joy. 

Do not quickly move on from joy. I just got back from a weekend in Washington, D.C. with some of my dearest friends. It was not just an escape from the monotony of regular life, but was truly a celebration of what God has done this year in the Fellows Initiative, of life, good food, friendship, pretty pink blossoms on trees, incredible buildings, and Gods work in our lives as well as others lives. 

Do not quickly move on from joy. I have the duty and privilege of delight! One way that I honor my Lord is enjoyment of and delight in the things He gives me. I got home tonight and a new week loomed before me – this week in particular contains the added burdens of dealing with the lack of my computer and several documents (all stolen last week) and catching up on email and work from last week. Even if I didn’t have extra stressors, I still have a tendency to move on too quickly from victory or joy. It’s silly, but we do silly things that don’t make sense, don’t we? 

Do not quickly move on from joy. I want to practice not just living in the moment but also relishing good gift when they turn from present experiences into sweet memories. I don’t want to move on too quickly to worry about the future, over which I have no control. Instead, I want to take time to dwell on, be thankful for, and laugh about the gifts and joys I have experienced.

Do not quickly move on from joy. I know myself well enough to know that I am not in danger of living in a fantasy-land in my mind. I naturally move on quickly from victory or joy, so I have to fight to linger and delight in good gifts. What a gift in itself that in Christ one of my greatest duties is to delight in His goodness and His gifts! Do not quickly move on from joy. Dwell in it! 

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