Choose Joy

When I bought this key, I wasn't planning on giving it away. I was thinking I could just keep it because it looked cool, and I liked my word. I chose the word to remind myself to choose joy everyday and choose happiness in any circumstance, good or bad. Because the joy of the Lord is my strength. 

But this Christmas it happened. My family and I had a long-time friend over for dinner, and she was going through a really tough time. When I said hi to her and she started to talk about the Giving Key I was wearing, it hit me like a flood. I knew it from the bottom of my heart that I was going to give my key to her, and that she needed it. Later that night I gave the key to her saying that it can remind her to choose joy and remember who she is, and she was overwhelmed. I have never seen her sad or angry, as she is generally happy all the time. But now she had tears in her eyes as she was smiling and said she needed this so much right now, and it was so applicable to the challenges she was facing. 

Before I gave the key, I was having a hard time deciding to give it. I liked my key so much, and I didn't really want to give it away. But I realized that she needed the message way more than I did, and it didn't matter what I felt about it. 
I never thought I would give my Giving Key away, but it seems that God had a plan for it all along.