“In the Book of Acts,” Stan said, “there is one verse that initially made me sad. But as I focused on it, the Holy Spirit showed me a way to be glad.”
“Please explain,” I responded.
“After persecution began against the early church in Jerusalem, the disciples were scattered about the region to preach Christ.”
“The persecution was actually a good thing in that the word of Christ was spread.”
“And that makes you sad?” I asked.
“No, of course not,” Stan replied, “the verse that made me sad talked about the rejoicing over what the disciples were doing that occurred in the city of Samaria.”
“Sad? I would think you would be glad.”
“Glad for them,” Stan said, “but sad that there is so little rejoicing in our cities today.”
“Yeah,” I said, I can agree with that.”
“But here’s the part that the Holy Spirit showed me,” Stan said with a smile. “If necessary, I am to be a city of one.”
Continuing, he said, “If I am the only one who rejoices, let it be, but I am not to let the lack of rejoicing by others drag me down into not rejoicing.”
“My rejoicing may just be the catalyst needed for others to rejoice.”
“Leading to an entire city rejoicing.”
“And,” I added, “maybe to a county, state, and country rejoicing.”
“Amen,” said Stan. “My role is to rejoice always, and leave the rest to God.”
And there was much rejoicing in that city. Acts of the Apostles 8:8.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice! Philippians 4:4.
Prayer: Lord, you know how sometimes it is hard for me to rejoice. It is the voice of Satan that leads me to not rejoice. It is self-focus that leads me to not rejoice. Please forgive me for listening to the wrong voice. And please, Lord, lead me in always rejoicing in you and in what you are doing. Even if I am the only one, help me to rejoice. My rejoicing may be what others need to also rejoice. Lead me in being reflective of you and what you want to show the world. Lead and help me to follow. Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.