During a business trip a while back, I stopped for lunch at a greasy spoon. I’ve been in worse places I suppose… but not for a while. Reading the newspaper, I couldn’t help but look up when I heard the man working behind the counter. “My God is real,” he said, to no one in particular. I smiled and continued reading. A few minutes later, “My God is real,” he declared with a huge grin as he went about his duties.
Now please don’t misunderstand when I say this; flipping burgers at a restaurant is a good honest job, but it probably isn’t the vocation most of us had in mind when we began pursuing a career. Yet, here was this guy, not only happy in his job, but using it to share his faith with those around him.
The truth is that happened over twenty years ago. But it made such an impression on me that I think of this gentleman from time to time when I get frustrated in my work. It reminds me to be thankful. He was living out two truths that Paul shared with us in God’s Word.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
… I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. Philippians 4:11
Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the church in Philippi. It seems strange to speak of rejoicing while in jail. Most of us will never have to face that kind of circumstance, but no matter what our problems are, our inner attitudes do not have to reflect them. Paul knew that no matter where he was, Jesus Christ was with him.
My friend at the diner knew that as well. May we all live joyfully in that simple truth.
My God is real!