New Year…Fresh Start – Enjoy Life More

Up to now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive so that your joy will be complete (John 16:24, Common English Bible).

A little over a year ago I was going through a time in my life where I wasn’t enjoying life very much. As the New Year approached I knew I needed some change in my life. I decided that in 2016 I was going to focus on joy.

Following the alternative to New Year’s Resolutions I will discuss in a few more days, I focused on joy. I placed a lot of reminders around me to remind me to be joyful, to celebrate what God placed around me.

I went through a lot that I am not going to talk about here. Those who are closest to me already know. Because of things that were within my control and other things that were beyond my control, I was able to find my joy again.

There are absolutely days when I don’t feel very joyful. Perhaps I’m not feeling well. Maybe I feel slighted for some reason. But these days I am able to remind myself that God is near and God calls me to joy. I’m far from perfect in this way, but I can celebrate joy.

I am convinced joy is there for any of us. Depending on events in our lives, without question, it is easier sometimes than it is at others. When my Dad passed away in late October and the day after his memorial service I had shoulder surgery and spend several days in pain, at least those two in combination made it difficult to be joyful. Once the pain settled down and I could really think about my Dad, I realized his cancer was gone and he was reunited with many members of our family and several friends who preceded him in death. Most importantly, I know he is living out joy in the presence of God for all eternity.

In our lesson Jesus says that we should ask, so our joy will be complete. What would it take for you to find joy in life? If you know, ASK! If you don’t know, ask for guidance on the path to joy. This one doesn’t have to be a New Year’s Resolution. All you really have to do is ask.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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