Rejoicing in the Moment

6 Sep

“Rejoice in the Lord alway:  and again I say rejoice.”  (Philippians 4:4).

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Ephesians 5:20).

I have a friend who is in her early thirties whose characteristic phrase is “I love my life.”  She is the mother of several young children and has been known to say that phrase on days when her house has been torn apart by workmen, when the power is out in the neighborhood, and when dinner has to be a total improvisation.

I love her attitude and have learned from her that one doesn’t have to wait until one’s forties to develop an approach to life that weighs the good against the bad and finds God’s faithfulness in all of it.  That, unfortunately, is exactly what I did.  It seems to almost be an adage that we “find ourselves” in our forties.  For Christians, that would be “find ourselves in Christ.”

We finally realize that there has been one common thread throughout our lives, God’s graciousness, and we start, from that point, viewing our path through a different lens, realizing that everything that happens to us is orchestrated by a loving Savior.

Why do we fret so in the early years about money and finances?  The early years are when we have the health and vigor to really get around and enjoy ourselves.  Later on, when we have the job experience that can lead to good job offers, we sometimes face health conditions that slow us down somewhat.

This, my friends, is a paradox, and one that can only be solved by learning to give thanks for all things.  If we learn the solution to the paradox at a younger age, like my friend, we save a lot of fretting, worry, and downright wear- and-tear on our bodies by just advancing directly to the stage of realizing God has it all in hand!

The attitude of gratitude really does have a way of crowding out all of the other competing stuff!  The most grace-filled way we can live is by consciously observing this attitude toward our God during every waking moment.  He is worthy of our thanks and praise!

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