“Be Joyful Always…”

Posted by Jen on November 27, 2008 in Lessons Learned, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of... |

It’s been a wonderful Thanksgiving. The weather was perfect, we had little or no holiday stress, and everyone got to do a little bit of what they liked to do. Really, we couldn’t be more thankful!

As I decided to sneak a few minutes to post in the middle of all of this … and before the craziness of tomorrow begins, I found myself at a bit of a loss. I realize this is insane. But nonetheless, I was.

Then, as normally happens, I was found (I chose that word carefully, by the way.).

On my desk, just sitting there looking at me, was an old journal that I took to church ages ago. In it, I found notes on the Thanksgiving sermon I listened to ten years ago.

The pastor (who I adored) started by asking if we had become a nation of complainers. He continued by reminding us that we don’t come into the world as thankful people … we learn it. (Which is also a great reminder to Mommy Me! Little Man and BK are counting on me.)

He said,

Give thanks for the good and the bad. Do it on special occassions and on ordinary ones.

He finished with this action item for each of us. Something to add to our list of things to do.

Chip away all of the things in life that keep you from being thankful … no matter how long it takes.

I’ve not completed that item, yet.

Paul, in a letter to Thessalonian Christians, provided some instructions that are most helpful when the temptation to join the complaint session creeps in … for times that you just can’t get to that nagging item on the long list of things to do.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

And, if I may be so bold to add. If you fall down, get up! There is much to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

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