Continuing with Kay Warren’s Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough:
Which Winnie the Pooh character are you?
Winnie the Pooh is carefree, middle of the road emotionally, and doesn’t understand why others get so emotional about things. We need Winnie the Poohs because they remain steady when the rest of us are spinning wildly out of control.
Rabbit is goal-oriented. He wants his garden planted the right way and right now. Rabbit is a task-oriented, high achiever, and gets things done in life. Every committee needs a Rabbit, but a rabbit is probably not the one you’ll go to for comfort or encouragement.
Tigger is an extrovert. He is the fun-fun-fun personality. He walks into a room and immediately sucks all the oxygen out of it by the force of his personality. We need Tiggers to brighten our days.
Eeyore is creative, intense, perfectionistic, and feels things deeply. Eeyore is pessimistic and often gloomy because he carries the pain and sorrow of the world on his shoulders. We need Eeyores for creative ideas, for deep conversations, and for empathetic ears.
While the above may be our personality types, they do not determine our joy. True joy is available for all personality types. It is often found through meditation. Meditation is to contemplate, ponder, think, consider, reflect, or ruminate. Five themes to mediate on include:
- God worth is incomparable.
- God’s word is reliable.
- God’s works are awe-inspiring.
- God’s ways are loving.
- God’s will is good.
What does God value? God values things that will last:
- Character over comfort
- Faith over fear
- Mercy over judgment
- Justice over injustice
- People over possessions
- Truth over falsehoods
- Humility over pride
- Hope over despair
- Love over apathy
“Let your roots grow down into Him and let your lives be built on him.”
Socrates wrote, “Beware the barrenness of the busy life.” Joy withers in our lives when we are too busy. Busyness fills a schedule, but it fractures a family and robs your joy. The antidote for perfectionism and busyness is acceptance. When you accept yourself as you are instead of who you wish you were, and others are they are instead of who you wish they were, joy is possible.
Remember to honor people by
- Assuming the best in others keeps you from assigning motives to their actions and behaviors.
- Empathizing with others’ feelings. You don’t have to agree with what they are saying, but simply validate their presence. Simple say, “I hear you. I hear what you are saying. I receive your feelings.”
- Believing change is possible.
- Choosing to cultivate grace, trust, balance, acceptance, positive thoughts about others, nonjudgmental love, empathy, and appreciation.
“Perhaps the most powerful and unused gift from God is choice.”
Cite: Warren, K. (2012). CHOOSE JOY: Because Happiness isn’t Enough. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Inc.