Dear friend, ……..
There was this woman cheerfully riding in her wheelchair with an appearance of joy and thanksgiving while I so often fall prey to being worried, self-pitying, discouraged, negative, etc., despite the countless blessings the Lord bestows upon me day after day.
The woman in the wheelchair could have been moaning, groaning, complaining, and self-pitying given she was bound to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Instead, she seemed perfectly happy and content. The Lord used her that day and brings this back to my memory now to remind me that He calls His followers to rejoice. To be joyful. To be thankful. To be content. To be hope-filled. To be at peace. To walk in His love. To praise Him. I smile even as I write this. For because of Christ and in Christ and through Christ and for Christ we can have and be and do all of this. For our joy is not to be contingent on our circumstances, but to be founded in Christ!
Rejoice, friend, rejoice, in the Lord Jesus Christ, AMEN!
love & blessings,
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4