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1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Rejoice Always

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Rejoice Always

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Would you rather be around a happy person or a grumpy person? I think we can all agree on this. It is much more pleasant to be around a person who is cheerful and happy.

We know things happen that may cause us to feel sad, but we’re talking about those other ordinary days. When you get up in the morning you have a choice about how you will greet the day. You can be negative or positive. You can be grateful or grumpy. You can choose to smile or frown. It is up to you.

What would be some reasons you would choose to be happy?

Yes, it feels good to be happy. Life seems more exciting when you are happy.

Happy people have more friends

Doctors tell us that happy people are healthier than gloomy people.

These are a few good reasons to choose to be happy.

The Bible says, “Rejoice always” (5:16). One way to do this is to look for things for which you can “give thanks” (5:18). We’ve talked before about keeping a gratitude journal – a little book that you use every night before you go to sleep to write down the things you found during the day that pleased you and caused you to feel happy.

When you do this you will be surprised by what you discover. This word “rejoice” is an important word. It means to feel joy. “Rejoice always.” Give thanks and feel joy!

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan