I’m in the middle of reading Francis Chan’s Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God – which is a phenomenal book. And I came across something that just made me stop in my tracks:
But then there’s that complexing command: “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say again, Rejoice!” (Philippians 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.” (Philippians 4:6)
That came to me as a staggering realization. But what I realized next was even more staggering.
When I am consumed by my problems – stressed out by my life, my family, my job (Hallee’s note: his job is as a pastor), 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.
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Just checked in to see how you, Gregg, and the kids are doing. We think about you all the time, just too lazy to pick up a phone. Alan HATES phones, after 10 plus hours working at collections, but every few days he laughs about something he and Gregg would have done or said the same thing about.
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Mari (and Alan)
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Girl! Thank you so much for posting that. I really needed to hear it. I have been so stressed out with life that I forgotten to rejoice. Thanks again.