“All Season Response to Life”


In Philippians Paul counsels, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”

He repeats himself immediately – “I will say it again – Rejoice!” (Phil 4.4)

Happiness depends on circumstances; joy depends on Jesus.

So…no matter what…we can…we should…rejoice!

Richard Mayhue writes, “Thankfully, joy is an all-season response to life. Even in the dark times, sorrow enlarges the capacity of the heart for joy. Like a diamond against black velvet, true spiritual joy shines brightest against the darkness of trials, tragedies and testing.”

Read that again…slowly. Maybe one more time? 

I’m stuck on “sorrow enlarges the capacity of the heart for joy.

I want to live in joy…not so eager to have the sorrow that increases the intensity of that joy.

How about you?







Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

One thought on ““All Season Response to Life””

  1. Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning. After Mike died, I wept, of course. But I found my morning and joy came. My word for the year was joy. Praise my Father in heaven!

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