Scripture Reading: Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer
Philippians 4: 1-9
I feel the joy bubbling up here today, and certainly when we live life and celebrate life to its fullest, it’s kind of like there’s excess. Sometimes it’s hard to even contain that excess joy. Think about these things, think about your own daily routines or the things you do throughout the course of the week. If you are capable of starting the day without caffeine, if you can always be cheerful in spite of your aches and pains, if you never complain about your troubles or your difficulties, if you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, if it doesn’t bother you when people are too busy to give you their time or their attention, if you could take criticism and blame without any resentment, if you can handle anxiety without therapy or a pill, if you can relax without a glass of wine, if you can sleep without the aid of drugs; then you must be the family dog. Think about these things, every single one of them. Sometimes the truth is funny, sometimes the truth hurts.