Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Father God, you know me better than I know myself. You know how bogged down I get with concerns over which I have no control. You know how I become discouraged and frustrated. You know how I fly off the track you have prepared for me. Today I ask you to help me remember to rejoice. Rejoicing in your presence ought to be the very essence of our lives here on this earth. I am led too often by how I feel in the moment, and lose sight of the big picture. I am thankful and I am yours, Amen.