Be Joyful

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

“Don’t Worry; Be Happy.”

Great lyrics. Not my favorite song.

smileSo, how in the world can you be joyful when you live my life?  My days are long. Work is hard. Stress is high. Does this all sound familiar?  Probably, on some level, it rings true with each of us. We struggle with being positive until trouble and stress weigh us out of joy.  Then, is it humanly possible to always be joyful?   I am not even close to being there, yet. But I do believe there is a formula to help on your journey, and it is in this verse.

To be joyful requires that you:
1. Keep talking to God.
2. Be thankful no matter what circumstance you are in.
3. Belong to Him.

It’s not an absolute 1 +1= 2 formula, but it is a help to experience joy on your journey.
Today, it is God’s will that you live in joy. That is a promise.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti


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