Count It All Joy
If you're anything like me, the past few weeks have been full of discovery. After a few days of quarantine, I realized how much I take for granted. I greatly depend on so many things for fulfillment.
Once it is all taken away, it left me in a place of irritation, just wanting to take a drive in the car for fresh air seemed to add to my annoyance. I know it sounds silly, but I began to develop 'cabin fever.' The truth is I love people, and canceling my meetings made a significant impact on my mental health and social life. Enough about my frustration - here is what God showed me. I looked in scripture at the book of Philippians. Paul was bound in prison because out of obedience; he shared The Gospel. As he sat on the prison room floor, he made sure to steward every moment available to him by writing to fellow believers and churches. In each letter, he remained in an attitude of joy, love, hope, and peace. I remind you, he was in prison. I would be focused on so many other things; I would probably be trying to get bailed out or develop a plan of escape. How often do you lose your joy in moments of frustration? Do you ever get aggravated at other people on the road or the amount of time it takes for a red light to change? I know I do. My encouragement to you today is to walk in overflowing joy. Ask God to help you even if you are stuck inside, allow God to speak to you, and increase your prayer life. Philippians 1:9-10 9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. As a reminder of God's work in Paul, I urge you to take time and read the book of Philippians. It's only four chapters, but I promise you will be glad that you did it. Below are some other verses of scripture that truly impacted me. Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice. Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness