The book I keep coming back to.
It’s theme is Joy.
It is my wife’s favorite book. (But that’s like asking her what her favorite flower is. Her answer is, yes. “My favorite flower? Yes.” “My favorite book of the Bible? Yes. “)
What if you don’t have it? What if you don’t have joy?
Joy, it’s everywhere in this Little book. What if I’m not joy full? Is this another one of those Christian virtues I’m supposed to have and be? Love joy peace patience kindness gentleness, it is on the list. What if I’m not? What if I’m dark and serious and brooding and worry a lot? Should I fake it till I make it? Put on a happy face? Or is this book telling me joy isn’t a have to but a possibility?
Is it telling me I should be joyful? Or is it telling me I may be, I can be joyful?
Paul wrote the book from prison. He had finally arrived in Rome after a harrowing disaster riddled trip from jail in Judea to a jail in Rome and yet he was unharmed.
Reading this book can be challenging to a dark and brooding person such as myself, but life affirming to someone like my wife who is light and joy filled and who refuses to contemplate anything bad or ugly.
Her favorite verse are at the end of this section. “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:4-8 –
It is a good way to live. It’s like having a flashlight that turns on when life gets dark, or my mind gets dark. Is this thought true? Is it honorable? Is it right? Is it pure? Is it lovely? Is it excellent? Is it praiseworthy?
The word Joy or rejoice is written something like 16 times in this book. Why? I think Because if we know Jesus as savior, we can.
I seem to be stuck in the Philippians loop. Read this book with me and tell me about what treasures you find there.