“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
Do you enjoy life? Some days I feel like I am just holding on trying to make it through another day. Recently, I was given a new opportunity that opened my eyes to one of the secrets of living this life to the fullest. It was at work and I was asked to step into a place that was new and potentially difficult. My first thought in my head was “I don’t want to do that. It will be hard and uncomfortable. I don’t know anything about it and it will not be easy to learn.” Before I responded, I had a brief conversation in my heart with the Holy Spirit and asked Him for the right attitude and response to this choice. Suddenly I had a new perspective. Maybe this “open door” could lead to a divine appointment or a new direction that I am asking God to help with in my job. I became excited for the new venture and my heart immediately jumped on board. I thought “how many times has God opened a door in the past that I refused to go through because it was new and uncomfortable. Am I missing out on all the adventures and good things God is trying to get through to me?”
In today’s scripture, there are some hints on how to live a life of enjoyment. Paul goes through a brief list that can lead us on a path to a joyful life. He says, first of all to rejoice, and then he says it again, rejoice. (It isn’t really a suggestion) Next, he says be gentle to everyone because the LORD is near and in every choice you make, by prayer and supplication ask God to help you with them. Don’t worry or stress about things but be thankful! Lastly, allow God’s peace to be the guard of your heart. Don’t let anything into your heart that isn’t peaceful. It is not from God!! Then I will add, when new opportunities come your way or seemingly uncomfortable new doors open, ask the peace of God to empower you to make the decision that leads you to God’s path of life because: Psalms 16:11 says, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” God’s path is where your joy in life exists.
Today I encourage you to examine your life. Are you living this short life to the fullest potential? Are you walking through all the doors of opportunity God is opening for you or are you making your choices based on what is safe and comfortable? Living a life full of the God kind of faith will take you on the greatest adventures. Don’t walk by the opportunities that God may be setting before you, the answer to what you are praying for may be on the other side!
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 4:1-6