In order to keep your joy, you must guard your heart. We hear it, but what does it mean? It's all about what and/or who you are allowing to speak into your life.
Are the people you associate with speaking positive words into your life? Do you hang out in places that you wouldn't take your mother to? (Then why are you there?) Does your own mouth speak negatively towards others and towards yourself?
When you accept the negative comments, feedback and opinions, it changes your heart. Those little digs worm their way into your heart. Once there, your joy can be influenced and subdued; sometimes to the point that it doesn't seem to exist in your life at all.
What do you do with all those little worms. God's love will act as a de-wormer. The Word itself is a powerful tool to displace all the wormy words. Your part is to make the effort to change your environment. You can choose what you hear, what you see and how it influences your life. You can choose to begin speaking life into the infestation. You can choose Joy!
How? Cut the cycle off at the source. You can choose who you hang out with. You can choose to walk away from negativity. You can choose different music, movies, books and all the other stuff you have in your life. You can choose to unfollow that negative friend, use the hide feature, the delete button or even turn off that app altogether (what a novel concept?!?). You can choose whether or not you will allow negative words and thoughts to influence your heart. You have the power to change the negative influence into a postive influence. Yes, it can take some effort and some time. Yes, it will be hard at first and you might get some not so nice feedback. Yes, you can do it anyway. You can speak life into your life. It can and it will change. God's got your back.
You can choose joy.
You can choose to speak joy into your life yourself.
Guard your heart. It determines the course of your life.
Choose a Joyful Life!
Proverbs 4:23 NLT
"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life."