Be Joyful in Hope

Todayís Scripture
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."(Romans 12:12, NIV)

God has given you everything you need in order to enjoy your life. Think about that for a minute. What is keeping you from living life to the full? You may not be in the home you want. You may not have the exact job you would like. Maybe youíre single and really want to be married. If you focus on these temporary things, it opens the door to comparison and frustration.

Itís good to have big dreams. Itís good to want to increase. But if you start comparing yourself to others, it will steal your joy. If you donít learn to be happy where you are, youíll never get to where you want to be. But if youíll choose to be happy, refuse self-pity and refuse to complain, then you are sowing good seeds for God to take you where you want to be in your future.

Today, realize that God is directing your steps. You have a future and a hope. Take joy in knowing that He is working all things together for your good according to His divine plan. Stay in faith, focus on Him and obey His commands. Soon, youíll see those new doors open so you can walk boldly into the place of blessing God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
"Father, today I choose to put my hope and trust in You. I know that You are working all things together for my good. I refuse self-pity. I refuse to compare. I choose joy and the divine plan You have prepared for me in Jesusí name! Amen."