On Sunday, our pastor talked about joy. At one point, he said, “Don’t sell your joy.” That idea hit home for me. He talked about how quickly we are willing to sell our joy, giving an example of a person being angry and stewing over his wife accidentally going into a full service lane at the gas station. She pumped her own gas and only after she paid did she realize that she was charged $7 more than she would have been had she gone into a different line. Her husband became consumed with frustration, selling his joy for $7.
Today, when you notice your joy slipping away, ask yourself if the price is worth it. Are you selling your joy for something that in the grand scheme of things really doesn’t matter all that much?