(NIV)1 Thessalonians 5: 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

(KJV) 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice evermore.17 Pray without ceasing.18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

First, we should be joyful, not just happy, but joyful.  Joyful comes from the inside; happy is an external show of emotion. Be JOYFUL!

Second: Pray without ceasing, this does not mean always on knees, eyes closed, hands raised and praying.  You have an open communication with God, speak to him anytime, anywhere, anyplace.

And third: don’t walk around with a sense of entitlement.  Be thankful, praising God in ALL THINGS.  Stub you toe – thank God. Win the lotto – thank God.  Have a job – thank God.  Have a family – thank God.

We are all born as sinners and are entitled to nothing. BUT, through the grace of God we have much, the most being eternal life through Jesus Christ.