Yesterday in church service there was great joy. We have an eighty-year old woman who loves to take off running around the church when the music starts rolling. Although it might startle some guest, we all know how she loves the Lord and this is her way of rejoicing. She trots across the front but as she nears the corners, she slows down to catch her breath, smiling as she waves her hands. Well yesterday upon reaching the first corner, her dentures go flying across the floor nearing the alter right in front of the keyboard. She makes a quick turn to retrieve her teeth and gladly picks them up and puts them back into her mouth, not missing a beat with her happy feet. She still moves on, rejoicing and full of joy. Needless to say, this is not the first time her teeth have come out but it has been the first time her teeth pranced in front of everyone. One time, her teeth came out at her pew and bounced on the floor one pew up and hit a saint’s leg. The woman looked down to see what had hit her leg and saw the glistening grill. Miss Tina sure knows how to spread joy and it shows on her face even without the teeth!
Philippians4: 4-7 Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful that the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thought and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.
Be thoughtful, happy, pleased about serving the Lord and being a Christian. When you let others see your works of being giving and kind hearted, they too will want to become a Christian. What others don’t want to see in a so-called Christian is nagging, complaining, gossiping, backbiting or slandering others. Who would want to be a Christian if there is no happiness in serving God? Want peace in your life? Be thankful. God already knows your needs before you even ask Him, however He wants you to be thankful for His answers that are coming regardless of timing or your wants.
Being thankful is showing gratitude or appreciation for what God has allowed you to have. God sent His only Son into the world to save us, He really doesn’t have to do anything thing else for us because He has already given us the ultimate gift of salvation. However, being the Father He is, wants His children to be full of joy and show it. We get so caught up in life sometimes in all it’s messes we created; sometimes we forget to be thankful. People who run from God or who have become complacent with their relationship with Jesus are those who forget to be thankful. They get caught up in life, in time, in things, which consume time, and before you know it a crash of their spirit is inevitable. This is usually when people run to Jesus, a crisis comes and joy is long sought for.
We are told to count our blessings but for some reason there will be those who focus on being pessimistic instead of being optimistic. As human nature has it, we’d rather count our problems. We seem to react on the negative instead on the positive things in life. We are so tuned in to pay attention to bad news that we tend to ignore what’s going well. As soon as one problem is solved, we take the progress for granted and find a new cause for alarm instead of focusing on thankfulness. As we start this week out, take time to write down some things you are thankful for and express them to God. When you take time to be thankful, your joy and peace will return along with rest, as you trust in Jesus.
Please take time to share a few words with my readers on what you are thankful for or a funny story of joy. Write your story below in the comment box.