Friday, March 8, 2013

Choose To Rejoice

“Choose To Rejoice”
By Zach Wood
Psalm 118:24

It seems each day I am faced with different things that challenge my attitude and outlook.  As you all do, I have hard days and good days.  This is part of being a human being.  Some days we feel great and are loving life.  Then other days it seems we are just trying to hang on and survive.  It seems every time we turn around, something falls apart or seems to go wrong somehow. 

Now please understand, I am not trying to put a damper on your mood right now or depress you, but I am simply stating that life gets tough many times. 

I was just thinking about this passage the other day and how we are told to rejoice in each day that God has made.  Yes, we mentally know God has made each day and that He wants us to rejoice in that He made it.  However, that is often hard to do when so many things pull us down and overwhelm us.

We could probably acknowledge the first half of this passage and agree it is the day the Lord has made, but when we come to the second half, sometimes we honestly say, “But don’t ask me to rejoice in the day!  This day stinks!”  That’s many times our attitude. 

I want to encourage you that if you are having one of those  bad days or maybe several bad days, just to remember that our circumstances should not determine whether we are glad or not.  I’m not telling you to be happy about the problems you may be facing, but to say that we should rejoice in the fact that God is awesome and that He will take care of us.  God is good whether you are having a good day or a bad day.  That doesn’t change the fact that He made the day and gave it to us to make a difference in someone’s life. 

I want to challenge you each day to rejoice in the day God has made.  Even if things are tough, there are still many things you can rejoice in that He has done for you.  Sometimes, we just have to stop, think and remember all of His blessings even in the midst of the frustrations and heartaches. 

I hope today that you will choose to rejoice regardless of what happens to you.  This is the day He made.  Rejoice and praise Him for all He’s done.

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