Is Your Worldview the Right Size to Maintain Your Joy?

Current healthcare developments can engender deep discouragement. The prevailing narrative does not pursue making healthcare affordable but giving people government cash to purchase it. This arrangement merely constitutes a restructured form of socialized medicine. Though Trump won the election, Obama has prevailed in fundamentally transforming America. We are no longer the land of the free but the land of the dependent.
Maintaining a focus on national decline spawns gloom. How can we maintain joy?
One solution entails shrinking our worldview to our own circumstances. Our family will be okay for the foreseeable future, so I will maintain joy by restricting my focus to us. This Neville Chamberlain approach of peace in our times and in our house embodies serious problems. First, its self-centered structure shrinks not only the individual’s worldview but the individual himself, reducing him to a small person unconcerned for his neighbor and nation. Second, it comprises an irrational attempt to escape reality that will ultimately catch up to him.
A better alternative resides in expanding our worldview beyond our family and nation to encompass the spiritual realm, which includes both God’s engagement in our immediate circumstances and an eternal destination not requiring healthcare. This expanded worldview does not ignore our national distress but calls us to engage in the battle, armed with the spiritual resources required for fighting, one of the primary ones being the joy of the Lord, which is our strength.
Scripture calls us to include the spiritual realm in our worldview. That was Paul’s perspective in assessing, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
Adopt a big worldview that will expand your joy.

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