1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
As athletes we're subject to having good days and bad days. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I always like winning better than losing. Enough losses in a row and any of us can get a little blue. So how do we maintain a joyful life? The Bible gives us some good answers.
In Paul's first letter to his friends in Thessalonica at chapter 5 and verses 16 — 18 he writes,
In these verses there are three directives and one reason that combine to show us the way to a joyful life.
Why? This is the will of God in Christ for you. The Lord joins you in your rejoicing, He communes with you when you pray and He blesses you when you thank Him. He is most desirous of an intimate, personal relationship with you and He knows that these things serve to deepen that relationship.
As you prepare for today's competition do these three things:
1) Rejoice — have fun!
2) Pray — talk to God.
3) Give thanks — thank Him for it all.
In doing so you are fulfilling God's will for your life today.