The word "rejoice" means to show or feel that you are very happy about something. The last part of December, is traditionally the happiest time of the year. Church-goers might recognize the Scripture verses from yesterday that contain the word "rejoice." Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice (Philippians 4:4) and Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16). The common greeting in the malls and restaurants we frequent even urges happiness.
When I see people sleeping on the sidewalk because they have no place to call home, it's hard to rejoice. When I see people being shot by the police because of their race, it's very hard to rejoice. When children are taking their own lives because they are bullied and left to feel worthless and unloved, I find it very difficult to be happy. When students carry guns on to school campuses and open fire on their fellow students, how can I even think of rejoicing?
We each have free will and we each have an opportunity, I think even a responsibility, to get involved and to do good things. That's the whole theme of this daily blog. Each one of us can make a difference. Is the world perfect? Of course not! It's so easy sometimes to see all the gloom and doom that it easy to throw our hand in the air and give up, but change doesn't happen that way. Sometimes making things better requires a little work. Amid all the bad there is always some good too. In that good, we should rejoice, as we build on it to make more good.
Ask yourself this question: Do you consistently look for reasons to rejoice, even when your own circumstances or events in the world make it difficult to endure? Perhaps that could be a starting point. Look for the good and work to create more good, and then . . . rejoice!