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TODAY’S STATEMENT OF STRENGTH

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” -Henri Nouwen

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hi, John Maxwell here. Welcome to Minute with Maxwell. Again, I'm sharing with you a statement of strength to hopefully help you during this difficult time. Henri Nouwen, what a great thinker he was. Henri Nouwen said, ‘Joy does not simply happen to us, we have to choose joy.’ And here's what's interesting, keep choosing it. Every day.

I just had the privilege recently to be with 50 of my friends and leaders in Israel. We had a terrific 11-day trip, just doing leadership, seeing religious sites. It was, to be honest with you, it was a trip of a lifetime. Johnny Vereecken, we call him affectionately, Johnny V., was one of the teachers. And one day, as he was sharing a terrific lesson, he talked about he and Carla who had a special needs child and how it sometimes weighed on them, physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally. And he said he could tell that he was slowly being drug down until he got a grip on himself. One day, he said, I looked at myself and I said, 'I'm going to choose joy in my life.' No longer am I going to focus on all the difficulties. I'm going to choose joy. In fact, he went to his wife, Carla, and said, ‘I choose joy.’ Now, to know Johnny V. is to know that if he walks into the room, he lights up a room. I mean that boy is like a light bulb, joy all over him. He is absolutely contagious. And Johnny V. has a wonderful expression that I like and I'm going to share it with you right now, because I can tell you without any question: Joy looks good on you. Hey, it looks good on me. It looks good on others. So, choose joy today.

I'm John Maxwell, thanks for being with me today on Minute with Maxwell.

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