One of the most significant things the believer can do each day is to “rejoice in the Lord.” These children in Myanmar certainly have many problems and challenges, but they have chosen to focus on rejoicing in the Lord.
Isn’t it strange that we often can only see the problems and difficulties? Our focus easily drifts to the challenges of life and the many things that we do not possess. When this happens, our attitude becomes sorrowful and self-centered. Instead of our life being a “stream of living water” (John 7:38), our life is a fountain of complaining, frustration, anger, and depression. Quite the opposite of what we read in Philippians 4.
Yes we do have difficulties, but nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39), and we need to change our focus or thoughts to the blessings and presence of God in our life. (Philippians 4:8)
Rejoicing in the Lord is a discipline of the mind/heart. We should “count our blessings” and see the goodness and power of God in our life and keep our heart and mind focused on the promises and presence of God.
Rejoicing in the Lord does not ignore problems and difficulties but opens the door of God’s grace and power in our life. (II Corinthians 12:9)