Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do? I think about it constantly. I know His plan is bigger than me. I know He is calling me to do more. But what is it He wants from me? What is it He wants for me?
As I was racking my brain and struggling with what God wants me to do, I heard this verse on the radio:
We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all. See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-22
I love these lines: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Maybe I am trying to think (and worry) too big. Rejoice, Pray, Give thanks. This is the will of God. If I focus on these three things… how could I be anything but happy? How could I not be following God’s will? No matter the circumstance, if I can rejoice at the goodness around me, the life God has given me, the love that God showers on me; if I can give thanks for everything I receive, every blessing I have, every moment that I enjoy; and if I can pray about everything else, I cannot help but think I will be satisfied. I will be happy. I will be living God’s will (even if I never accomplish anything else, even if I screw up along the way, even if the world is dark around me). Rejoice, Pray, Give thanks. I can choose to find the good and rejoice. I can choose to be thankful, instead of always wanting more. I can focus my fears, my worries, my pain into prayer.
I rejoice in your goodness! Thank you for allowing me another day on this earth. Thank you for blessing me with so much. Help me to remember your love and your blessings, particularly when darkness tries to invade. I pray for your help and your guidance. On paper, this can seem so easy, but in life it can become so hard.
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Great reminder, Patty. Rejoice, Pray and be thankful. I suppose I make it so complicated, but He says His “burden is light” I just have to keep His message above all the constant bombardment of the world.
Thanks for you meditations. Blessings