Philippians 4:4

“Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy.” – Philippians 4:4

There are a myriad of reasons not to be joyful, but they are immaterial to reality. God is our source of joy and He is all that truly matters long term.

Balancing Acts

We need wisdom from God because balancing has become much more difficult now than it was before. With so much time taken by no we see now, it is much harder to keep everything in its proper perspective and allot everything its appropriate time and energy levels. With so much to e taken up by distractions, who has time for the really important things? And why do distractions look so darn important now? It is almost more important to be able to talk about an idiotic dress than to inquire after a family member’s health and service needs. It is more important to keep up with the billions of “stars” and who they are inappropriately sleeping with this week rather than inquire as to whether anyone in the church needs a visit. No wonder our balance is off. We cow tow to the stupidity of the world and the sinful distractions because they are interesting or whatever in place of truly loving people. We say we are too busy for Bible reading and prayer, but we sure can spend some of that time we don’t have on Facebook or looking at things we shouldn’t be seeing on TV or the internet. Priorities and balance must line up or balance will never be achieved nor will peace and joy. There is a misconception that responsibilities are burdensome and duty is a drag, when in reality when we do what is right and we should be doing for other people, we are happy a d blessed by it. Rewards are tangible. It is not oppressive to serve. It is not burdensome to bless others. We are blessed back. There is an immense satisfaction in balance of service and love and study and entertainment. The latter is not wrong (assuming it is clean) but must be held in balance. If any one thing takes over the others, unhappiness occurs.

Mosquitoes

I think mosquitoes are really around to teach us very important lessons about life. Many would say they wish Moses would have just swatted those two mosquitoes but I think they are still plaguing us for several reasons. First, they are a great equalizer. Of course, they have their favorites (me) but they can pretty much get everyone to run for the inside at dusk and spray things and hurl curses at them from our mouths pretty equally. Along those lines, we are kept humble as well for similar reasons. No one proudly struts around when they decide to attack. They duck and run for cover. They also teach us something about distraction. No matter how deep and important the conversation and thought being shared is, the conversation is over when these little evil distractions invade our space. And no matter how strong we are in our faith, if we are attacked by many distractions we can get off course and not finish the sentence, so to speak. I have had many attempts at distraction in the past, have some now and most assuredly will later, but it is my choice how I handle them. It is always our choice to allow the distraction to change us or cause us to side step when we are to go straight. Our job is to read God’s Word to know God’s will and pray for His strength and renewed protection from distraction every day or moment. If we make it a priority to prioritize, we run the very real chance of being unmoved by distractions and creation a barrier of protection around ourselves. Just a thought.