So much practical wisdom is packed into these 3 short verses. The doing - rejoice, pray and give thanks. The reason - it's God's will. It seems so simple, right? But in practice, it is quite challenging to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances, yet that is what we are called to do...in Christ Jesus. We have his power, his perspective, his encouragement. It is because we are in Christ Jesus that we can do those things. Sometimes I brush right past those words and think that I can do the things all by myself, but that just isn't true. It is only in him that I can do these things the way God wants me to do these things - always, continually and in all circumstances.