Joel Osteen — Keep Your Joy

I want to talk to you today about “Keeping your joy”. We all have opportunities to get upset and go around frustrated. Somebody was rude to us. Traffic was backed up. We can’t find our car keys. Life is full of inconveniences, delays, and people that don’t do right.

We’re never going to stop these things from happening. The key is how we handle them. The scripture says, “No man can take your joy”. That means you control your joy. Nothing can take it from you. You have to give it away. 

Next time someone cuts you off in traffic, ask yourself, “Is this worth giving them my joy”? That person that’s rude to you on the phone that you’ve never met, are you going to give them your joy? That delay, that plan that didn’t work out, that negative comment, are you going to let that sour your day? The reason some people are not happy is they’re constantly giving away their joy. 

I was in a crowded parking lot one time, waiting for a parking spot. The man was putting his groceries in his car, and it took him a couple of minutes. I had my blinker on, patiently waiting, but when he finally backed out, a car came from the wrong direction and pulled in right in front of me.

They could clearly see that I was waiting. My first response was to honk my horn and tell them what I thought. Then I noticed he was bigger than me. I thought to myself, “I’ll give you my parking spot, but I’m not going to give you my joy”. I didn’t like it. It wasn’t fair, but I’ve learned to not let things I can’t control sour my day. I’ve made up my mind, “I’m going to be happy today. I’m going to enjoy my life. 

You can’t control what people do. You can’t control what they say, but you can control how you respond. My message is very simple: quit giving away your joy. Quit letting the same people upset you. Quit letting the traffic, the delays, the things that don’t work out frustrate you.

You can’t pray these things away. That person at the office that gets on your nerves, I don’t mean to be negative, but they may not change. They may be that way for the next 20 years. 

My challenge is, don’t go 20 years giving them your joy. They may not change, but you can change. Life is too short to live frustrated, upset over things we have no control. People have a right to have their opinion. You have the right to ignore it. People have the right to be rude. You have the right to stay happy.

Quit letting their negative comments upset you. They wouldn’t be talking about you if you weren’t making a difference. Nobody talks about people that are not doing anything. They’re talking about you because you’re going places. They can see there’s something special about you. You have the favor of God. You’re blessed, you’re talented, you’re anointed. 

Sometimes small-minded people will try to push you down and discredit you. Don’t pay any attention to it. That doesn’t carry any weight. What they say cannot keep you from your destiny. That is simply a distraction. Every person has negative chatter. All your family members, unfortunately, are not going to be for you.

George burns said, “Happiness is having a loving, caring, close-knit family living in another city”. Some of your relatives, you have to love them from a distance. If they’re sitting by you today, don’t say, “Amen,” now.

All of your co-workers are not going to celebrate you. All of your friends are not going to be loyal. Some people can’t handle your success. They’ll make remarks trying to bait you into conflict, trying to get you upset. 

Here’s the key. Don’t get involved in battles that are not between you and your destiny. Most of the conflict we engage in is a distraction. The enemy would love to get you off-course, offended, trying to straighten people out, trying to convince them that you’re okay.

Your job is not to change people’s mind about you. Your job is not to try to make people like you. Your job is to run your race, to be who God called you to be, and not worry about the critics and the naysayers. God will cause the right people to like you, but one of the best things I’ve learned is everybody is not supposed to like you.

Everybody is not supposed to approve you. Some people are ordained by God, not by the enemy, but by God to not be for you. You have to accept that everyone is not going to accept you.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane