"I thank my God for every remembrance of you," were the words of Paul in Philippians 1:3. Paul had made a choice - to remember the positives with joy rather than to remember the negatives with irritation.
There had been the Philippian jailer - imprisonment, lashes - what were the memories? Joy: it was a choice.
After being placed in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany, Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychologist, said, " They stripped me naked. they took everything - my wedding ring, my watch - I stood there naked and all of a sudden realized that moment that although they could take everything from me - my wife, my family, my possessions - they could not take away my freedom to choose how I was going to respond."
We choose to rejoice. Psalm 34:1 "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will be continually in my mouth." That is a choice! You will choose to be bitter or better. Yes, the hurts are real; the good news is that with Christ, we can choose to heal the hurts and rejoice.
Choosing joy ~ Bob