My friend, may I ask you a question? Which are you? Are you bitter about everything? Or is your only purpose self-gratification and fulfillment? Did you know that when Jesus controls your life, you’ll be able to find your true purpose in it–true joy?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner.
We have an abundance of Wrens nesting here at Beech Springs. My guess is that there are probably a dozen pairs nesting in and about our four acres. I’ve put up several Wren houses, but there aren’t enough houses for all the Wrens wanting to build nests. So, they get creative. One pair built a nest in our clothesline pole. One little guy, however, keeps stuffing twigs into my paper box up on the road. Each morning on my walks I have to scrape the twigs out so that the paper man can deliver our paper. Yet, as often as I push the twigs out, each morning they’re back in there again. He just doesn’t seem to tire of doing it over and over again. Each night, as he pushes those twigs back into the box, I can hear him up on the road singing away. His joy, I guess, just exceeds the tedious task of rebuilding day after day.
How do you find joy in bad things? Perhaps the key is that you’re looking for it in the first place?
Here’s a thought from Rob Chaffert: “Our journey on this planet is full of unforeseen events which hamper our daily progress. It’s our attitude that determines if our ride will be enjoyable or not. Complainers will always be bitter. Life is a bore to them, and their attitude sours the experience for others around them. Others, however, seem to enjoy life, but because it has no purpose beyond having fun and focusing on themselves; they accomplish little and people tend to not rely on them. A right, Christian attitude is relatively rare. This is a person who enjoys life, no matter what circumstances he finds himself in. A Christian who enjoys life is a blessing to all those he meets. He’s reliable, enjoyable and fun to be with. He knows his purpose in life and looks forward in anticipation of what might be around the next bend.” (Rob Chaffert)
Which are you? Are you bitter about everything? Or is your only purpose self-gratification and fulfillment? When Jesus controls your life, you’ll be able to find your true purpose in it–true joy. Any events, good or bad, are welcome, because you can rely on Jesus to deal with them. If you’re willing to look around the bend, always with the hope that whatever life throws your way will find you coping, you’ll find out how much of life, even the bad things, can lead to pure joy. Like my wren friend, be joyful even when life throws you a curve ball. It sure beats the alternative–doesn’t it?
We pray. Heavenly Father, oftentimes we become bitter about things in our life that hurt us, disappoint us, or make us fearful. Sometimes we turn to self-gratification and fulfillment to counter these? Often our lives just disintegrate into anger and bitterness. Forgive us Father, because we know that when Jesus controls our life, we’ll be able to find your true purpose in it–true joy. Any events, good or bad, are welcome, because we can rely on Jesus to deal with them. Lord, I am willing to look around the bend, always with the hope that whatever life throws my way will find me coping, and I want to find out how much of life, even the bad things, can lead to pure joy. When life throws me a curve ball, there’s only one way to go. Where’s my Savior? In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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