I’m always struggling to memorize lengthy scripture verses…therefore, I should have no excuse with 1 Thessalonians 5:16, it is literally two words: ‘Rejoice Always!’
This may be one of the shortest verses in the Bible, but it offers up a powerful reminder for our daily teaching, learning, and living.
When I rejoice I am choosing to set aside my self-centered perspectives and lift up praises for others!
When I rejoice I am choosing to release myself from the self-created burdens that dampen my joy!
When I rejoice I am choosing to see the greatness in others!
When I rejoice I am choosing to appreciate the blessings afforded to me and not envy the blessings of others!
When I rejoice I am choosing to love who I am and the life I live!
When I rejoice I am choosing to accept the love of Christ who makes my life purposeful!
Choosing to rejoice can be difficult, especially during the struggles of loss and pain. Yet, it is in these exact moments that Christ seeks to deliver us and help lift us through our burden.
Even in the toughest moments during the start of a new school year, let us be filled with a joyful spirit that seeks to REJOICE ALWAYS!