I was just watching a talk by Francis Chan. I know it is almost 5 in the morning but I can’t sleep. I haven’t slept a lot lately except for today, where I slept almost till noon. Anyways, Francis Chan was talking about Philippians 4. It was amazing because He was pointing out the verse 4, which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!!!” Amazing stuff is packed into that verse. Chan was talking about how so many times we disregard this verse because of the fact that we don’t see it as a command. But it is just as much a command as the 10 commandments, probably a harder one to live out.
I was amazed by the way he talked about rejoicing. I have always been a happy person, at least I thought so. But I have never always rejoiced. That is an astonishing feat in my eyes. When thinking about this, I start to make excuses such as, “I am just not that happy”, “I worry about spiritual things so sometimes I am anxious and concerned.” Another aspect of his message was about a later verse in chapter 4. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Do not be anxious about anything. Impossible. Well, Paul says in verse 13 of chapter 4 of Philippians, that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” We are not meant to do this by ourselves. But man, it is hard.
Anyways, thanks Francis for your wonderful messages and also, thank you God for showing me how much joy I need to have in my life. I was reading just a few minutes ago on a blog by Perry Noble, about how Nehemiah 8:10 says that the “joy of the Lord is our strength.” Chris Tomlin kind of took that line but oh well, it is good to plagiarise the Bible.
I want to have that kind of strength. A strength that is contagious because it is changing the way I view my life. Making me rejoice at all times will get excited and passionate about life. Oh man, God give me joy. Francis Chan said one other thing that hit me: He said that when we fall in love, our problems don’t seem to matter. They are still problems but we don’t seem to get too concerned. We seem to be just happy because we are in love.
Father, make me fall madly in love with you everyday. I am reminded of the Adam Sandler movie “50 first dates”, and the fact that he had to convince Drew Barrymore to fall for him everyday. Amazing. I want to have that kind of mindset going into my tomorrow with God. Tomorrow, let me get up and receive a passion for You, God, before my feet hit the floor.