Monday, November 3, 2014

Real Life and Rejoicing

Why do I usually post "pretty pictures", and mostly the good stories of life?

Not that I need to nail down why, but this has been my thought process as I contemplate this question myself...

One, I grew up in Czech where self-disclosure was a slow process. Czechs typically won't just share anything with anyone. They are careful whom they trust, which is both good and hard, of course. But I grew up in that context, and so in general, it's harder for me to be totally honest without a lot of time spent with a person. I'm getting there when it comes to knowing the balance.

That's not the only thing though, because sometimes I do share certain thoughts and difficulties. The second reason why I focus mostly on the joys and beauty of life here is because it works. It works?


Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." God wants us to think about what is lovely and excellent.

This life is not perfect and I never want it to seem that way. I do, however, want to point to the joys of everyday life. I want what I take pictures of and what I write about to remind you that God is good. To remind myself of this too. Because He is. Sometimes we just don't take the time to notice it.

So this is a call to stop and notice what is true, what is noble, what is right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy, for this is part of what it means to rejoice always.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I want to be real about life, both in person, and in writing, but I too want to be someone who rejoices always, and remembers the good that the Lord has done in the past and what He is doing in the present. It's a daily choice, but our choices become habits in time. Rejoicing isn't sugar-coating the truth or being "happy" all the time; it's thanking God even in trials and even through this messy life.

(All photos from Krakow this summer) 

1 comment:

  1. This is a precious, insightful post. And I completely agree with your choice to live that way! :) LOVE YOU!!


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