Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
Everyone has bad days. You know what it’s like—you wake up late for school, can’t find the clothes you wanted to wear, and miss the bus because you dawdled over breakfast. School isn’t much better: you forgot to do the second half of the homework assignment, your mom packed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich again, and it’s too cold and rainy to go outside for recess.
Some days it’s easy to be happy and some days it’s not. So how can the apostle Paul say “Rejoice in the Lord always”? How can we rejoice on the really hard days? Circumstances change, but here’s the key: our Lord never does. He is
always loving, always faithful, and full of grace and mercy. That’s worth rejoicing in. A lasting invitation into a relationship with the King of Kings is worth rejoicing over.
Whether our day is good or bad, whether we have reason to be happy or angry, Jesus and our relationship with him is solid. This is our foundation. So set your mind on good things, reach out to friends, take a break and feed your soul. No matter what awful thing might be going on in our lives, we have the tools for peace that lasts.
Dear Lord, I know I can’t control what happens in my life, but help me to keep my focus on the joy I have in my relationship with you. Whatever happens, I know that you will guard my heart and give me your peace. Amen.