“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
Chairo. The Greek word for rejoice.
'a primary verb; to be "cheerful", i.e., calmly happy or well-off; be well; be glad...'
To be calmly happy in the Lord.
Getting a crew this size out the door on a Sunday morning to head to church needs this verse spoken over it. The rush to find a couple of missing shoes, the tangle in the back of the seven-year-old's hair that just won't come out, the scramble for car keys and books, the squabble between siblings...or their parents.
But we're supposed to be rejoicing, not just racing.
And I'm supposed to be modeling rejoicing to my children, not just ranting.
Rejoice in the Lord, always.
Yes, I want us to be on time, and yes, I would like for the kids to look presentable. Yes, there is value in honoring the clock and in freshly pressed clothes.
But I do know this about my Father.
He is much more concerned with process.
What am I exhibiting in the doing?
When cereal gets spilled on a clean outfit. When the toothpaste is missing. When potty training goes awry right as we walk out the door.
Because by the time we load into that big ol' van to head to church, we've already had church. We've been worshiping all in the getting ready.
In the Lord.