One of the things I’m thankful for in the summer is the slower schedule and the time to slowly savor God’s Word in the morning. This morning I was reading 1 Thessalonians and was encouraged.
Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking about the phrase “Relentless Positivity” that I got from the conference. I’ve ALSO been thinking, though, about how much I want to enjoy this week and make it go slow because I am a bit nervous about how the new school year is going to go.
Change is hard. I know it’s part of life, though, so I’ve been praying that I would find the joy even when things change. This morning as I read 1 Thessalonians, I was reminded, once again that the joy comes from our God and Savior.
“We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thess 1:3 NIV
Look at that!! Our endurance comes from hope in Him! I don’t have to trust in my own strength to make it through life but I can trust in Him and find joy and hope in Him. He is my Savior and Lord, and I can find strength and endurance in that. Paul also was encouraging the Thessalonians because their labor was prompted by love. That love comes from Him as well. Is my labor prompted by the love of Christ?
I don’t have to go into this year stressed about all the change. I can trust that He knows me and loves me and has a plan for me. I pray that as you start this year that God would remind you to find hope and joy in Him and not in circumstances of life.