My kids have always had a unique perspective of things. For example, sometimes when we get caught at a red light, instead letting out a loud sigh of frustration (like their mother often does), they squeal with delight. “Look mom, we’re first in line!” they shout.

When I’m perturbed that my daily schedule is all of five seconds off because of this unwelcome pause, my daughters rejoice at winning an invisible race of some sort. It’s interesting to me how the same event can prompt two entirely different responses.

I’m reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

God is God no matter what is going on around – or with us. Sickness, family strife, disappointments, and financial concerns – the list of difficult circumstances can sometimes be overwhelming. However, as Christians, we have the privilege of resting in Christ, and finding joy through our relationship with Him. We have a choice to accept that and rejoice in it, or wallow in our self-pity. 

Today, I resolve to squeal with delight the next time I’m first in line for that red light. I pray you will, too!