Tempered rejoicing.

I was speaking with an associate and dear friend this morning. We haven’t seen each other in months, so it was nice to use Facebook Live to reconnect. In the past, we have been worked daily at the same church, committing a morning each week to pray for missionaries, each other, and the church. Now we live miles apart, each of us in a new location and anticipating what is yet to come in this new chapter of our lives.

The wonderful thing about our relationship is that we can begin a conversation and see how God is moving in one another’s’ lives. It was fun for us to show each other our new living quarters, and marvel at the provision of the Lord. We share innermost parts of our lives. We live out Romans 12:15: “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

It would be great to share these moments and situations with close family members, things deep within the soul that are revelations to me today and that make me who I am. Yet some of these things might prove detrimental to family relationships. Not all would not have the same appreciation or see the eternal values my friend and I hold close. With some, we control our emotions and are selective when sharing. I’ve heard it said that every family has secrets. Could it be that this happens to protect fragile relationships, especially within the closeness of family?

We may have to temper our rejoicing with some and let loose with others! Phil 4:4,5 reminds us to: “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men…the Lord is at hand .” KJV. The moderation is what we practice, even in our rejoicing.