Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The first step in living rejoiceful:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. - Philippians 4:8-9
This isn’t something easy, it takes work. My friend Zara once wrote to me on the subject stating, “It requires commitment and discipline. The latter word ‘discipline’ being one of my least favorite as it demands a great deal of effort and work.” I’m not very disciplined and the more I meditate and pray on this idea of rejoicing always the more difficult the task becomes. It is easier to rejoice in the high and low times than in the in between. In the high and low times I am driven to my knees, seeking Him and rejoicing in Him is a part of that. The rest of the time, when my life is just even, that’s when my mind wanders and why the instructions of Philippians 4 are so important. When something sneaks into my life and wants to take my joy, I have to stop and think on the good things and and keep Jesus at my center. It’s worth the work.