‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!’ Philippians 4:4 NKJV
Cheryl continually complained that she didn’t make enough money, couldn’t afford the things she wanted, and therefore wasn’t going to amount to anything. Her counsellor said, ‘You’re wasting your energy complaining, instead of using it to get ahead.’ Cheryl countered, ‘You don’t understand. The job is the problem, not me.’ The counsellor said, ‘Your low-paying job may be a problem and your boss may demand too much, but when you’re continually upset you’re causing yourself more harm than either your boss or your job.’ Cheryl asked, ‘What can I do?’ The counsellor said, ‘You can’t control your boss or the job, but you can control how you feel about them. Change your attitude.’ Cheryl took her advice. When she stopped whining about her life, people noticed. She got a promotion, and with her new job status she was more marketable. Within several months she was transferred to a position with higher pay and a more supportive boss. Good things happen for people with a good attitude.
And your attitude is something you can choose regardless of circumstances. Paul wrote, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!’ Where was Paul? In prison! Who was Paul writing to? People outside the prison! Why did he repeat himself and say, ‘Again I will say, rejoice’? Because we forget and lapse back into negativity so quickly. True joy is an inside job that’s not subject to people or outside situations. Jesus said, ‘These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.’ (John 15:11 KJV)
SoulFood: Est 5–10, Jn 21:1–25, Ps 18:1–29, Prov 26:24–27
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023