One of my favorite Bible passages is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:
Pray without ceasing,
Give thanks in all circumstances;
For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I usually focus on the reminder to “give thanks in all circumstances.” It can help me put things in perspective, turn around a grouchy mood, or end a pity party.
Since this lovely lady came into our life a few weeks ago, I’ve been thinking more about the command to “rejoice always.”
She is happy from the moment the alarm goes off in the morning. She has no desire to snooze–the promise of a morning walk and a bowl of kibble has her tail wagging no matter how dark and cold it is outside. She happily greets everyone who walks in the door and literally leaps with joy whenever we get ready to take her outside–no matter that we just put her leash away from the last walk. Even when she’s being quiet, she will give a happy tail thump in response to some sweet talk. She really does rejoice always.
Can I greet the day with such hope?
Can I be that grateful for simple pleasures and every day blessings?
Can I show my friends and family that I am that happy to have them in my lives?