Life has a peculiar way of presenting us with challenges that push us to our limits. In the midst of darkness, however, there are stories that shine like beacons of hope, reminding us of the incredible power of choosing happiness during difficult times. In this blog, Jim shares quite a personal inspiring story. So prepare yourself for an extraordinary account of a baby’s resilience over adversity, and discover how choosing happiness can become a powerful shield against life’s toughest trials.

β€œBlessed [Happy] are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Jesus of Nazareth

This morning, I was updated on the condition of my grand nephew, Leif, a newborn laying in a Seattle hospital. The situation is more than desperate as he has been removed from the heart transplant list. He has an infection, a growth. His chest cavity is open and his heart is connected to a machine. But his eyes and the squeeze of his hand around your finger tell you he wants to live. Life is a gift and he is fighting for it.

His mom and dad are there. Can you imagine?

Choosing Happiness in Difficult Times

All I can say is that love and happiness is a choice. I believe life is a gift. For as much as my capacity allows, I choose to be grateful. I choose to be happy. I choose to believe God is redeeming this flawed existence.

We cannot control many events in our lives but we can choose to love, to care for one another, and to believe God will make all things right in his time. Love is painful but I choose to stand, not run. I choose to love even though it hurts so bad and I choose to embrace life. I choose to be happy, to be filled with joy.

So choose to embrace life and choose joy. Place ruthless trust in the long game. Above all, trust in God.


To hear more about this personal story, you can also listen to Episode 16: Leif Jacobson of the Today Counts podcast.

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