I was listening to a sermon by Pastor Jim Reeve and he said he had always postponed joy. He was happy but always waiting for the next best thing. It so ministered to me because I am the same way.
I’m happy in the moment but can’t always say that I am content. I am content in aspects of my life and in others, I’m waiting for the next best thing. It’s been that way in this building project. I was happy when the sheetrock went in but I couldn’t wait until the platform went in, I was happy when the platform went in but I couldn’t wait for the paint, I was happy with the paint but couldn’t wait for the bathrooms, and so the list goes on. Someone even told me to enjoy the process but I couldn’t, or rather, I wouldn’t.
In my mind I was always moving forward to the next big joyous moment, but in the process I may have missed some of the joyous moments I was in. I want to do things differently in the next half of my life. I want to enjoy the process and I don’t want to be in so much of a hurry that I dismiss the joy of the moment and keep thinking it’s just on the horizon of my life.
2 thoughts on “Postponing Joy”
I feel the same way…I am always anticipating something better is coming or just around the corner, I would always be waiting for something else…not sure what, I need to learn to seize the moment, enjoy the now, be happy in the present time. I have so much to be happy and thankful for, now should be the joyous moment.
This truth is one of the reasons I focus on learning to be content with what I have and being happy with who I am. If our happiness is based on everything we’re not or do not have as yet, then it is tenuous and fleeting at best.