Finding joy in every day

Do you ever have days when you just don’t feel like doing anything? Days when you have no motivation to get out of bed? Or even days where everything just seems to go wrong and you just want to crawl in a hole? Probably all of you have felt this way at some point in your lives. How about the opposite? Days that you would deem the best in your life, that you wish could last forever!? I hope that this is true for you too. It is a very human thing to have good days and bad. Our human nature doesn’t allow us to be happy all the time. However, God commands us in Philippians 4 to “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.” This has to do more with our attitude than our actions. Yes there are times when we may be sad, such as at a funeral, when we feel sick, when we are going through a hard time, or are suffering with another saint who is going through a hard time. In these times it would not be appropriate for us to shout and sing happily or make jokes. But we are called to rejoice in the Lord. Our attitude every day, every minute of each day, and in every situation, must be submission that God’s will and plan for us is best. He never gives us anything in this life that He will not work out for our good. We know that verse well, and love to say it. But can we say it and mean it? God has put me in this certain situation that I may learn better how to glorify and praise Him. So next time something goes wrong, say you get a bad grade, or you are driving behind a slow driver, or something more serious or devastating happens in your life, maybe you lose your job or get into an argument with a friend, whatever it is, learn how to rejoice in the Lord. He is still with you! He will never leave nor forsake you, and He is calling you to lean on Him, trust in Him for your peace and happiness! Get out of bed each day with that knowledge of His love, with the assurance that He will lead and guide you, and in that way you will be able to find joy in every single day of your life.


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