Monday, November 23, 2009

Joyful noises

If a friend or family member was to describe your day-to-day conversation, would they say that you make 'joyful noises'? That is what we are instructed to do in the Bible. Our Thanksgiving Bible Lesson begins with that keynote from Psalms 147:7. Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving.

Think about it. What is your casual conversation like? What sort of comments do you tend to make? Be alert to slipping into negative thoughts that get expressed in negative comments. It is so easy to start being critical of others. Uncorrected, those thoughts lead to critical statements. Is that really how you want to describe God's children? Is that really how you want to be seen as a child of God?

Take time today to make 'joyful noises', sing some praise to God for His ever-present goodness, rejoice in His creation. Make the conscious decision to eliminate anything that is not a 'joyful noise'. After all, since God is everywhere at all times we are always in His presence. As divine Mind, He is all-knowing and all-seeing. What He is always knowing about you and how He is always seeing you is as His very own image and likeness. Let's be sure we appreciate what that means and live up to it. Let's look for it in others.

Do you have a favorite hymn or a favorite song that is playing with a Christian theme? Hum that song or hymn today and think about what the words are saying. We are only a few days from celebrating Thanksgiving. How much thanks have you been giving?

"Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto Thee do we give thanks." (Ps 75;1) I am going to look for more moments to be giving thanks to Our Father. It will sweeten this whole week and give special meaning to Thanksgiving Day.

Make a 'joyful noise' today.

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