Some of us have the blessing, this spring, of emerging slowly into the sunlight, blinking slightly at its brightness, after a very dark year and a half brought about by the worldwide pandemic. How can we set about enjoying life again?
- Don’t wait for joy. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the moment God has given us is right now, this moment. So many people have the mindset that they will be really happy and enjoy life “when”…when they go on vacation, when the kids are older, all that sort of thing. God wants you to enjoy your life now, not “when.” The Holy Spirit gives us strength to live this ordinary, day-to-day life with the supernatural joy of the Lord.
- Remember St. Paul’s “secret” and try to live it. St. Paul learned the secret to being content in life: “I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
- Give yourself permission to feel good again. We’ve been through dark times. Some of us have suffered terrible things. Some of us feel guilt that we haven’t suffered as others have. Either way, God does not want us to stay in that dark place of guilt, pain, and remorse. He wants us to feel joy. If he can give us permission, then surely we can do that for ourselves?
Enjoying life now doesn’t mean that we’re forgetting what came before. But what we have is a gift, a tremendous gift from God. We are doing both ourselves and him a disservice if we don’t respond with joy!