These words reflect the Christian mantra of many believers. Our pastor spoke on this verse several weeks ago. He used it in conjunction with reminding us that our time on earth is limited, making today vitally important. It really made an impression. Especially on my sweet sister-in-Christ, Kay, who has repeated his message often. I am thankful for the reminders when I hear them!
On November 5th, our women’s ministry hosted a function where the evening was largely devoted to prayer. We were led in prayer of all kinds including that of praise, gratitude and rejoicing. We wrote on paper hearts those things which we were grateful for, things that made us rejoice in life. Afterwards, each woman placed her heart on the cross.
Rejoicing just makes my heart smile! Rejoicing over God loving me. Rejoicing with family. Rejoicing with friends. Rejoicing for home and health. Not to rejoice today, would be a grievous waste of the day our Lord has made for you and me. I certainly recall too many times I put off rejoicing “this day” in favor of “this is the day to be miserable, because I can!”
As you know I get a kick out of messages on signs. I saw this on a church marquee a few weeks ago:
Make the most out of the best of times and the least of the worst.
This conveys exactly what rejoicing in God should be! Rejoicing in the best of times, treasuring them dearly in our hearts, then taking those “worse of times” with a grain of prayerful salt and then continue to rejoice in Christ regardless.
This is a complete message in itself. But since my mind works on an entirely different level of logic than most folks, I stopped to wonder – is there anything else today is for? I mean besides, laundry, cooking, cleaning and paying bills!
I am REJOICING that God loves me and I believe He might even appreciate my logic – after all, I had to get it from somewhere! I didn’t wonder long. Even just a quick search of His Word revealed a few things that this day is for:
Today is the day of salvation – II Corinthians 6:2 (Call me know if you need help here!)
Today, Christ is the same as He was yesterday – Hebrews 13:8
Today is for encouraging one another – Hebrews 3:13
Today, God gives us our daily bread – Matthew 6:11
Today our hearts should not be hardened – Heb 3:15
Today this is my offering, should you be wondering what today means to you.
Rejoicing with you!