Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians. 5:16-18 (NIV)

As 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reminds us, we are called to live joyfully always, and the season of Thanksgiving serves as a great reminder of how we live this out. Our source for joyful living is found in a life of gratitude and thanksgiving. To live joyfully is the discipline of continually recognizing the good in our lives and in the world around us. Today and throughout this week, be mindful that “every good and perfect gift is from above,” (James 1:17) and that the greatest source of joy in life is found in the knowledge that you are a child of the Living God through the life of Jesus Christ. Don’t allow the temporary circumstances of this fallen world to blind you from the goodness that is right in front of you today.

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