There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace. Luke 10:6
The peace spoken of here is not peace such as between nations, but the peace within our hearts. For me peace is the ultimate goal, and without peace there can be no joy. I have found the more I seek God and the more He fills me with His love, the more at peace I become. And as a result, the more at peace I become, the more I am able to enjoy the things around me.
I have come to a place in my life where things that happen, or do not happen for that matter, don’t upset me. Oh, sure, I get upset when my tee shot goes sailing out into the rough, but then, too, I don’t. I might yell something I shouldn’t as the ball flies into the deep grass, but almost instantly, I realize it doesn’t matter. This was not the case not so long ago.
But seriously, I’ve learned to roll with the punches, and not only that, I’ve learned no matter what comes my way, I can handle it and get through it. And many times, what appeared to be a setback or a problem turns out to work in my favor. (I can’t think of any instances where that’s true in my golf game.)
Yes, I’m getting there, and I can’t believe how much happier and full of joy I am since I began to realize God is in charge, and all my worrying and fretting does nothing to change what might lie ahead. God has a pretty good plan, and if we just let Him, He’ll take care of us.