Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice. Philippians 4:4
Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me and it is a safeguard for you. Philippians 3:1
If you’re rejoicing, you can’t be complaining, it’s almost impossible to do both.
You can see it in little children. They might get grumpy over something and begin to whine, but if you can coax a smile, or a giggle, or even a laugh out of them, then the grump is soon forgotten.
Complaining grinds us – and those who have to listen to it – down. We become focused on ourselves and the smallest things become a big problem. Rejoicing and being thankful do the opposite. They build us up. They guard our hearts and stop us from becoming too inward looking. Our attention is put back on God. Life may be difficult (Paul was in prison when he wrote these verses) but since we have a Saviour in heaven we always have at least one thing to be thankful for.
Emma Whittall works in a pre-school in Stockholm, is a children’s worker, church planter, wife & mother. These devotionals were first published in Swedish as part of Andaktsboken för mammor år 2