Joy, The Promise of Joy, Words of Endurance

Beware the Joy Stealers

In his book, Turning Toward Joy, David Jeremiah quotes what he calls a prescription for unhappiness. “Follow this prescription faithfully for two weeks,” he promises, “and I guarantee you unhappiness!”

  • Make little things bother you; don’t just let them, make them.
  • Lose your perspective on things, and keep it lost. Don’t put first things first.
  • Get yourself a good worry—one about which you cannot do anything but worry.
  • Be a perfectionist: condemn yourself and others for not achieving perfection.
  • Be right, always right, perfectly right all the time. Be the only one who is right and be rigid about your rightness.
  • Don’t trust or believe people, or accept them at anything but their worst and weakest. Be suspicious. Impute ulterior motives to them.
  • Always compare yourself unfavorably to others, which is the guarantee of instant misery.
  • Take personally, with a chip on your shoulder, everything that happens to you that you don’t like.
  • Don’t give yourself wholeheartedly or enthusiastically to anyone or to anything.
  • Make unhappiness the aim of your life, instead of bracing for life’s barbs through a “bitter with the sweet” philosophy.

Lord of Joy . . . You promise joy in the
midst of our suffering, so please let me know
your joy today as I persevere in faithful service
and as I demonstrate true commitment in my
tasks. Give me your smile, let me feel your
peace dancing in my heart. That, for me will be
true joy.
Joni Eareckson Tada