How is your heart? Are you full of joy? Nothing great is accomplished without work. Labor is central to the purpose of life, however we cannot let our labor strangle our joy of faith and life. In the middle of his labor of love, rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah had to be reminded that “the joy of the Lord is our strength.” Nehemiah reminded those around him whose strength was flagging in the face of challenge, of this great secret and their strength was rekindled. At the very outset, God set down the principle of rest and relaxation—of re-creation—by resting on the seventh day of creation. It is a way for each of us to keep love of God and care for ourselves and our faith central. It is also a secret to keeping the joy of our faith and lives fresh. Give pause to rest and refocus, then give thanks for all that God has done in your life and the lives of those around you. Trust God. God loves you, and God will see you through. Open your heart to God’s love and find new strength and a rekindled joy.
(scripture of the week)
Yet this I call to mind,
And therefore, I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed,
For his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3.20-23
Dr TJ Jenney, PhD
Rev. Dr. T. J. Jenney, Ph.D. is a seasoned pastor and leader who has served churches as well as served as a campus minister and chaplain for police and fire departments as well as the Air Force Auxiliary. Dr. Jenney also served as a faculty member at Purdue University, serving as an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership. His experience includes serving as a president and CEO of non-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Higher Education Administration from Purdue and an M.Div and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He served as a contributing editor of William B. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (1989) and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000), as well as written articles for journals.