As Christians, we know and believe that Christ conquered death through his resurrection, after which he was transfigured and returned to Heaven, making way for the Holy Spirit’s arrival. This knowledge and belief assure us that when we experience physical death, we will join Christ in Heaven. That’s all good, as far as it goes.
God’s mercy in our lives, his working in ways both small and large, and our hearts full of his love are all joyous reasons to celebrate his provision and presence. It is easy to celebrate the good things that come to us in life. It is not as easy to celebrate the hard times that come in life, the times that test, tempt, and try us. These may not be from God, but they are still reasons to celebrate when we overcome through them.
The title phrase is attributed to both Socrates and Corrie Ten Boom. Regardless of who said it first, I can attest to its truth. I’ve long been one who makes detailed to-do lists, manages my calendar closely, and focuses on getting things done. If being busy is good, then I am awesome! That all sounds great, right?
In Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians, we find instruction for our lives and time today. His letter cautions against falling prey to wrong beliefs and idleness, both of which he knew were poisons to faith and death to witness. The wisdom has always been for all time, but in today’s time it seems especially applicable.