Fight Back With Joy

Fight Back With Joy

Emily and I met Margaret for the first time in Scotland. It was weird because I felt like I already knew her. I’d read several of her books. She’s one of those writers that you just connect with instantly. She’s full of life and loves adventure. She was the speaker for our Summit Leaders hike in the Scottish Highlands. She wrote about the experience in her book Wonderstruck.

One day she texted me and said, What about a trip to Maine? I’ve always wanted to go there. I didn’t know anything about Maine, so I started investigating. We set it up. We’d be hiking in Acadia National Park.

But just a few weeks before the hike I got a call from her. She’s usually Little Miss Chipper, but I immediately knew something was off. She was more somber. She announced that she had cancer. But she had decided she was still going to hike. In a very vehement tone she said, “We need to make sure this trip is full of joy, not sadness.”

I thought that was a weird thing to say. As a counselor I thought maybe it was some odd form of denial. Sure, guys like the Apostle Paul said, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction. (Rom. 12:12) But that was Paul. He wrote half the New Testament. Nobody can really do that, can they?

But as I was reading her new book yesterday that conversation with Margaret came to mind.

Fight Back With Joy.

Perfect title. In the book Margaret talks about her battle with cancer. But she talks about the even bigger battle of staying joyful in the struggles of life.

Staying joyful is no easy task. Life gets hard. Sometimes what God allows into our lives seems downright cruel. A.W. Tozer once said, “It’s doubtful whether God can use a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” Sometimes God will let us get hurt.

I don’t always like God’s methods, but I do know that if we can choose to stay joyful in the pain it’s a lot easier to get through it. Joy is a powerful tool we can choose to use no matter how hard things get.

Whatever the battle you’ve got going on – stay joyful.


Pick up a copy of my friend Margaret Feinberg’s new book. I’m sure you’ll love it.
Buy it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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