Breathe. Don’t let the day overwhelm you before you even begin. Even if today is really difficult, don’t let it steal from who you are. Focusing on the fear of failing to perform well enough for all the expectations on you is self-defeating and exhausting. It may seem weird, even backwards, but your main focus needs to be – rejoicing.
I know that may seem like an odd word outside church, but it simply means putting joy into action. Our brains want to make lists for tasks, strategies for projects, and defenses against anyone who doesn’t like our lists and strategies. The last thing on our minds is looking for God’s joy in the middle of it all. But it’s there. He is there.
Start by carving out a moment for just you and Him. Thank Him for all the good things in your life. Even if there are things that are painful, unresolved, and are trying to suck the life out of you, thank Him for all the good you see. Gratitude opens your heart to hear Him speak life into you. Let Him displace every worry with peace, every stressor with grace, every fear with joy. Stay in His joy.
The kingdom of God is “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14); allow Him be all that in you, so you can overflow it to others. In your car, a meeting, the grocery store, or the gym, stay in His joy. Let it renew your thinking. See every person for who God created them to be, starting with yourself. See this day for what it is in God- a blank canvas for you to paint with Him.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say it- Rejoice!” (Phil. 4.4)