God tells me "in everything rejoice," which means that no matter how hard, or how lonely, or how frustrating, or how impossible the situation that I am in may seem, there are plenty of things to rejoice in— even there, even here, right now!
No, we don't rejoice in things that are evil. We don't rejoice at the failures we too often see in the men and institutions around us. We can't help but lament the never-ending dramas of tragedy and folly being played out around us, in our human experience.
But God is good! His promises perform. A thousand blessings attend my way always! And in the simplest little things of life I may rejoice: the smile of a child, a blueberry on my plate, a bird singing, sun shining or rain falling, the memory of a friend, the ability to read and write and remember and walk and talk and breathe.
Yes, I want to be known as a person of good cheer, a bearer of rejoicing, a sower of hope and promise— one of those ridiculously realistic optimists rooted in the out-flowing realities of the Life of God.
Ah, we shall be as rich as kings,
Who find our Joy in simple things!
We spend our merry, golden pence--
The coins of glad obedience.