Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
There was a study that was released that showed that criticizing things molded the mind to be more negative. Also, people who show more gratitude tend to be healthier, have more positive emotions, deal with adversity better, and have strong relationships. That is why finding the silver lining to every cloud can be a two-fold blessing. One, you’re not helping your mind be wired for negativity and two, you’re helping your body be healthier and stronger physically and mentally.
But that is not to say we have to always be cheerful and smiles. Paul in today’s verse says to rejoice always, pray without stopping, and give thanks for everything. How? By God’s power because this is His will for your life.
Paul’s own life was an example. Even when whipped 39 times and placed in an uncomfortable position in stocks, Paul and Silas still sang hymns of praise and thanksgiving to God. Even when stoned and left for dead, Paul got and continued to minister to those in need. How? By God’s power in His life.
God wants you to have joy in life, in the good and the bad. He wants you to talk with Him, to receive power from Him to be able to rejoice. God wants you to have gratitude for all the experiences He puts you through, knowing that if you knew the end product, you would be more than willing to go through those trials. And God wants to be there for you every step of the way.
So today, rejoice in all things, pray without stopping, and be grateful for all things.