A connect group I’m a part of is studying the book Calming The Storm Within by Jim Lange. In one of the chapters, the author relates this story from a nurse working at a nursing home:
“A 92-year-old petite, well-poised and proud man who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.
“I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
“Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the rom yet, just wait.”
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he replied.
“Being joyful is something you decide on ahead of time.
Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged…it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice. I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of be and be thankful for the ones that do.”
The author writes, “He gets it. Being joyful is a choice. Of course, true joy is only possible because of Jesus’ joy….”
What’s your decision? I’m working on deciding ahead of time to have joy.
Posted on Tue, August 4, 2015
by Children's Ministry