Faith Builders Meme: Re-Joy-cing

by Janice

Faith Builders

And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. Nehemiah 12:43

Rejoice, by definition means:
1. to be glad; take delight (often fol. by in): to rejoice in another’s happiness.
2. to make joyful; gladden: a song to rejoice the heart.

Discussion: How awesome would it be if today, in our daily life, our entire city could hear our rejoicing from far away! In what areas of your own life do you recognize lack of joy and thanksgiving? Is your heart joyful in the everyday mundane stuff?

You can hear the grumbling that’s for sure.

The murmurs of discontent spread like a disease and misery takes over. One person’s bad mood infects the entire family and now we open the front door and step out into the world, hardly the examples of joy and love that we should be.

Instead of concentrating on sharing the love of Christ, our hearts are turned inward focusing on our festering wounds, refusing to let our selfish hearts surrender and forgive. We are so lost in our complaints we don’t even see our sinful attitudes and the lost opportunities to rejoice in Christ.

But what if we did things differently? What if we approached each day as a chance, maybe our last chance, to change the world through Christ? What if this is the last day that front door swings open and we step out to meet the world – what if this our last chance to love and rejoice because of what Christ has done?

If we sensed that urgency, if we remembered the brevity of life, maybe we wouldn’t allow countless valuable moments to be lost to grumbling. When the days are stressful and rushed, it is hard to practice joy and give love freely. But perhaps if we remembered these rushed days are precious and numbered, our joy might be heard a little more often – with even an echo heard far away.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Maria December 11, 2006 at 2:31 pm

REJOICE, REJOICE CHRIST IS IN YOU!
Every blessing
Maria in the UK
http://www.inhishands.co.uk

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2 Janice December 11, 2006 at 5:13 pm

I just wanted to let you all know that I was talking in general when I wrote this post. No worries – I am actually quite joyful lately!!! :)

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3 Jessica December 11, 2006 at 5:13 pm

I just mentioned one of our blessings on my blog…is our house that we are building…it is almost an everyday task to build the house…but we praise God for it…we are truly blessed!

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4 eph2810 December 12, 2006 at 9:24 pm

Hm – some great thoughts. But then again you always have great thoughts when it comes to your faith :)…

You know what I miss – Living Beyond Yourself – you always had wonderful things to share…

(((hugs)))

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