December 11

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” vss. 16-18

Some of us wonder about the will of God in our lives, just what it is that God wants us to do or be, and in those moments our minds go wild with various possibilities. Perhaps we should change jobs or careers, or volunteer for a mission service project, something more in line with what we imagine Christians ought to be doing. Now it could be that any of those things are in store for us, we can after all use our gifts and talents in a variety of ways, but what God has in mind for us is more basic than that. Paul nails it in his closing paragraphs to the folks at Thessalonica, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances!” Those words are precisely what we need to hear as we begin closing in on Christmas this year. Following Jesus is not so much about jobs and projects as it is about our basic attitude in the tough times of life. Instead of complaining, pointing fingers, and assessing blame, we are to rejoice, give thanks, and pray, not just in the morning or evening, but all the time. Is this even possible? Of course it is! We all know people who live this way and they are a delight to be around, and if they can do it, so can we! And the world will be blessed for it!

Thought for the Day: Who do I know who lives like this?

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