I remember singing the song as a child, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.” It repeated that line, over and over, changing pitch, but reinforcing those words from scripture: Rejoice, always.
I have to admit, joy hasn’t been coming so easily to me lately. I felt drug down by work in a retail, “stuff oriented” setting, especially during the hectic holidays. And I thought I had done well with masking it, at least while away from home during the day. Maybe those less perceptive didn’t notice, but one person did – and she called me out on it. Not in a mean-spirited, “why are you so cranky?” sort of way, but in a “I’ve noticed you haven’t quite been yourself lately” way.
It took me by surprise. It’s not that I’ve been fake towards others – my smile is typically genuine. But I didn’t expect someone who wasn’t my husband, mom or dad, or best friend to pick up on my less chipper mood. And it forced me to think.
Perhaps the retail world is a tough adjustment for me. However, the Bible calls me (us) to live above those difficult circumstances and tough adjustments. Philippians 4:4 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
If there’s one thing I learned in the Bible courses I took in college, when a word or phrase is repeated in the Bible, it should also have a sign beside it, “LOOK AT THIS! PAY ATTENTION!” We are told two times – TWO TIMES – to rejoice.
So my goal? Despite my feelings, I will endeavor to rejoice. Easy? Maybe not. Worth it? I think so.