Today I chose "Rejoice!" It has he scripture from 1 Thessalonians 5:16 which simply says, "Rejoice always,". Today is my birthday and so I chose this mug so that I would choose to rejoice all day. Sometimes birthdays aren't joyous occasions. But today, no matter what, I will choose to rejoice always and for God's glory not my own.
God has done some amazing things in my life. He has given me an incredibly loving and beautiful family. He has given me a call to ministry where I am able to get paid to spread the news of Christ. He allowed for me to finish a Masters of Divinity. We have a wonderful little home and everything we could possibly need. I have some really special friends in my life. I have great parents, in-laws, and fellow Christian followers. None of this, though, compares to rejoicing in the fact that God thought enough of his entire creation to redeem it, by sending His son as a savior and sending his Holy Spirit to the people as a ongoing presence that guides and counsels. There is much to rejoice about today! God continues to bless me and my life with things of this earth and eternal promises.
Today, if only for a second, no matter what is going on in your day or life, stop and rejoice!