Finding Joy While Slogging Through Poo

Some days stink. This was one of those days.

I can’t go into any detail about it—that’s just not for now—but I have been up and down and all around with emotions.

What do I do when a day, or life itself, is stinky? Take stock of my resources, starting with God’s promises:

  • God is good. (Psalm 34)

  • God will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)

  • God is faithful. (Psalm 89)

  • God’s mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118)

  • Christ is my anchor. (Hebrews 6:19)

Then I start counting blessings:

  • We have a home filled with food and every other thing we need.

  • Utilities are on.

  • All the family is safe and sound.

  • We have reliable cars.

  • We have income-producing work.

More resources to list:

  • We are of sound mind and body. Any reasonable line of work we want to do is available if we just pursue it.

  • We have a great support network of friends and family.

  • We have skill and experience built up over our lifetimes that can be turned in all sorts of positive directions.


No matter what happens, joy doesn’t have to leave. Happiness is short-lived, but joy can carry us through whatever poo-field we have to walk through in life.

Joy keeps our eyes lifted upward to the source of all life, our Creator.