|Sometimes I need the reminder.|
I struggle to be cheerful amidst the obligations of everyday life. The gospels and New Testament letters are filled with exhortations to believers to be of good cheer. But, let’s face it, not every moment of the day is rosy and enjoyable, no matter our vocation. A priest recently reminded me that a cheerful witness is easier when we unite ourselves with Jesus in difficult moments. We can pray that “the joy of the Lord” might be our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). After all, Christ was not smiling and skipping on his way to the cross, but bore his sufferings and cross “for the joy set before him” (Heb 12:2). When the pot is boiling over on the stove, when the mess must be cleaned up, when baby is screaming and the bike ride is getting tough, I can offer a great witness to my kids if I offer a cheerful word or action rather than a frustrated frown. Lord, may your joy be our strength!