Sometimes life just slaps you in the face and leaves you confused. Do you resonate? I don’t mean to be a bearer of negative news, but we don’t have to fake that we are fine when really, we are up to our knees in disappointments. I know for me, my attitude could be better, sometimes I could not get so bothered when my husband says something that offends me, or whatever the situation is… But I do know that joy is worth choosing and it’s a rhythm that must be chosen over and over until it is our default response to life’s highs and lows.
A turning point for me in pursuing a joyful life was making mental notes (and actual notes if you’re a visual person like me) in my head when I accomplish something small. What I deem small is still something to be thankful for and celebrate, because together with every other decision… The little choices we make, help to create the greater ones too.
I have a sister that is only a year younger than me, but she’s still my little sister. A thing she did while we were growing up was talk about how pretty and wonderful other girls were. At first, I was glad she spoke highly of other girls, but over time it fed into comparison as she was looking at their profiles online very often and it began to negatively impact her. This brings me to how living a joyful life and spending too much time with our eyes on the lives of others just does not work well together. Especially if you find yourself in a time where a job could have been lost, a family member passes away, or friendship looks different than it used to. In these moments, getting online and glancing at others’ lives is detrimental to your mental, physical, and spiritual life. In general, limiting our time online is of vital importance! I honestly can’t emphasize this enough.
With that being said, I want to challenge you. When you wake up in the morning, allow the first thing you glance at before you pick up your phone to be Scripture. When I’ve done this, my outlook on the day shifts. My focus is clear, and my work has purpose because it was prayed for and well thought out! That might sound crazy to some, but if you really begin to try it you’ll begin to notice your day has a completely different feel! You’d be surprised at how God can work in your life when you allow Him room to do so, right at the beginning of your days.
The truth is, often our minds are crowded and just need rest and deeper connection. Begin to ask yourself questions like; “What am I anchoring my days in that is strong enough to sustain even the worst days?” “Where is my joy being found?”
I’m a firm believer in the practicality of things we can do every day to change our tomorrow. I will leave you today with a verse.
James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
Chelsea Kay Hurst made her debut on YouTube as BeautyLiciousInsider in 2011 and has since gone on to become a role model for millions of young adults around the globe. Her channel features makeup tutorials, life advice videos, and everything in between, including messages about Chelsea’s faith but now has since gone to make videos with her husband Nick. Chelsea has appeared in Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and Trend Magazine, among others. In addition to being a video creator and author, Chelsea Hurst is an actress featured in Wish for Christmas (2016); and At Your Own Risk (2018). She is also the author of the lifestyle book Your Own Beautiful and Above All Else, A 60-Day Devotional. Chelsea’s greatest passion is connecting her followers with what truly matters and using her voice to make a positive impact on viewers across the world.