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There are times when biking feels like work and we get distracted with the effort it takes to keep turning the pedals. It is in these moments that I challenge my kids to sing silly songs or start a water fight. These fun distractions help the miles go by and bring us back to the joy of playing together as a family. Ecclesiastes 3:12 states that there is nothing better for men than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in his work--this is God's gift to man.

 We have heard the expression Happiness does not come from doing what we like, but happiness comes from liking what you need to do.  Our attitudes are our choice, we can choose to show everyone around us our anger and bitterness at the injustice of our situation or we can choose to stay positive and work through the challenges in which we find ourselves . The attitude we choose will impact those around us. When we walk around with our dark cloud over our heads we rub off on everyone with whom we come in contact. The same is true for when we have a joyful heart.  We enjoy being around folks who don't take themselves too seriously and can find the joy in life. Finding the joy in life takes practice. Our eyes need to be open to life's little delights.

 James 1:2 shows how we can delight in the midst of challenges because we know that when we persevere through them we will be changed for the better. God uses the challenges in our lives to refine our character. We can find joy through the most difficult of times when we know that God is working it for our good.

 

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