What’s so special about Tuesday? Well, not much. This morning as I was evaluating the day at hand, I realized that I love Tuesdays! For several reasons: It’s not Monday. It’s a short(er) day at school. I haven’t been going to school all week so I’m not as exhausted. I get to teach piano.
School tends to take up a good portion of my time and makes me quite weary even just thinking about it. It’s so easy for me to fall into the trap of complaining and displaying a lack of joy. That shouldn’t be! I have SO much to be joyful about. The greatest thing that I can rejoice about is my salvation. Even if I had nothing else to be joyful about (which I DO), my salvation would be enough to cause me to rejoice every waking moment.
Psalm 27:6- And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Today, Tuesday, is the 15th so before I ran to class this morning I sat in my car and read Proverbs 15 aloud to my friend. What a blessing! Over and over again I read about joy in the believer’s life and my heart was affected as I realized that I have not been displaying joy on purpose like I should be!
4a- A wholesome tongue is a tree of life:
13- A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
15- All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
23- A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
My day hasn’t been without frustrations and disappointments, but purposing to have joy has made all the difference. How can I hand someone a tract and expect them to read it if I am so consumed with my own valleys and trials? How else will they see the joy of the Lord unless they see it from ME?!