1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. For most, it is a day filled with family and friends, feasting and football. Forgotten by too many is the real reason we celebrate this holiday: To honor and thank the Lord as a nation for all His gifts and blessings.
But, if you, like me, are a practicing Christian, we realize that giving thanks to God is not an activity confined to one day. It is a 365, 24/7 commitment. In all times and in all places and, as St. Paul tells us, in all circumstances.
Really? In all circumstances? Isn't this a bit much to ask of us? After all, we are only human, and we go through some pretty troubling, frightening, and devastating experiences in our lives. How are we supposed to thank God when bad things happen to us or to those we love?
I'll be the first to confess; there have been many times in my life when I found being able to thank the Lord impossible. And, I dare say, we've all been in those deep, dark, dungeons where wallowing in sorrow or self-pity is perceived as more desirable than reaching out to God. Or, letting Him reach out to us.
And, being thankful in the midst of our misery is the last thing on our minds.
When it should be the first . . .
If you are in a place today where giving thanks to God seems out of the question, there is a way out. Start by remembering you are not the center of the universe.
Then, tell Him you are grateful for:
- His love
- His mercy
- His forgiveness
- His friendship
- His sacrifice . . .
These are unsurpassed gifts the Lord has given to you and me. Ones for which we can never thank Him enough.
Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in today, will you give thanks to God?
Please join me in prayer:
Create in us, Father, a loving and thankful spirit. Help us to remember all the mighty deeds You've done for us and the blessings You have given. May our attitudes ever be ones of gratitude. Amen.