|Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus| (II. Tim. ii.1).
How to enjoy this day. This will never come by trying to be happy and yet we are responsible for the conditions of real joy.
1. Be right with God; for |Gladness is sown for the upright in heart.| |It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy to be full.|
2. Forget yourself and live for others; for |It is more blessed to give than to receive.|
3. When you cannot rejoice in feelings, circumstances and states, |rejoice in the Lord,| and |count it all joy, when ye fall into divers temptations.|
Finally, obey the Lord and be faithful to your trust; and again and again will His blessed Spirit whisper to your heart, |Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of thy Lord.|
|Not enjoyment and not sorrow
Is our destined end or way,
But to act that each to-morrow
Finds us farther than to-day.
|Let us then be up and doing
With a heart for any fate,
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.|