What a good month for the topic of this month's Be-Attitude -- Be Joyous! You thought, since it's November, that I would say 'Be Thankful', didn't you? Think about it: If you're joyful, you'll tend to be thankful. And, if your thankful, you'll tend to be joyful.
Don't take my word on that. God speaks of joy in the context thanksgiving. A couple of verses after exhorting us to "Rejoice in the Lord always" we read about not worrying but rather praying "with thanksgiving" (Phil. 4:4-6). Psalm 100 begins, "Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." A couple of verses later the psalm continues, "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name."
Pretend we're in a classroom and I asked you to neighbor nudge, this month's teaching method, about how we can be both joyous and thankful when life seems so difficult. What would you say?
Be sure to notice that when God tells us to rejoice ALWAYS, He says "in the Lord" (Phil. 4:4). He didn't say rejoice in your circumstances, rejoice in your possessions, rejoice in your relationships, etc. If we look at life through human eyes, we'll find plenty of reason to pout and complain. But, "in the Lord" we have every reason to rejoice and be thankful!
Because of Him,
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