The Sunday Message

Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy.  –Philippians 4:4 (NCV)

I get out of bed pretty early during the week (no later than 5:00 a.m.) to read newspapers from around the country, check messages, do some research, and then write my daily column.

When you get up that early, it’s normally pretty quiet in my house and around my neighborhood. As summer approaches the birds start to chirp at the first sign of daylight. Their singing gets a little annoying at 4:30 a.m. when you’re trying squeeze in a few more minutes of sleep.

The birds seem so happy – full of joy – maybe a little too full of joy for 4:30 a.m.

I own a beagle named Penny. As soon as my feet hit the floor Penny is there to greet me with the “I am so happy to see you” look. As I get dressed Penny is waiting and waiting trying to be patient. It’s like she can’t contain her excitement about being let outside – or maybe it’s because the next step after being let outside is to eat! As we head down the hallway, Penny looks back at me to see if I’m stopping off at the bathroom, and she is excited that I walk past the bathroom door and head to the back door.

While I am “morning person,” who has been called other things in the morning by family and friends for being so chipper, I don’t sing like the birds or jump around like my beagle. My glass is mostly half-full, though.

A few years ago a friend told me that as soon as his feet hit the floor in the morning, he thanked God for giving him one more day. Since he told me that, I try to remember to tell God that every morning. Maybe I don’t sound full of joy like the birds or as excited as my dog, but I am so very thankful that the God has given me one more day.

We all should.

Always give thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. –Ephesians 5:20 (NLV)


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