Posted by: purestjoy | August 10, 2010

“I used to believe that in this world there are two kinds of people: natural worriers and naturally joyful people.  I couldn’t really help it that I was the worrying kind.  I’m a problem solver, so I have to focus on things that need fixing.  God can see that my intensity and anxiety are ministry related I worry because I take His work seriously.   Right? 

But then there’s that perplexing commmand:  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again:  Rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4) You’ll notice that it doesn’t end with “….unless you’re doing something extremely important.” No, it’s a command for all of us, and it follows with the charge, “Do not be anxious about anything” (v.6 )

When I am consumed by my problems — stressed out about my life, my family and my job — I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God’s command to always rejoice.  In other words, that I have a “right” to disobey God because of the magnitude of my responsibilities”  — Francis Chan (Crazy Love)



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