“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thes. 5:16-18
…in all things.
Easier said than done.
Though I’m generally a very positive person, I hard a hard time giving thanks in all things.
On Thursday I, along with 300 million other Americans, paused to celebrate Thanksgiving. Some may see it as just a day to eat a lot of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and then take a long nap. Some may find tradition in watching the Lions or Cowboys. Some may see it as a day to rest up before Black Friday. Regardless of how you view Thanksgiving, the biblical command still applies to you – and not just on the fourth Thursday of November.
So, how do we give thanks in all things? The answer is certainly not found in ourselves. All does mean all, and if you’re human like me, there are situations in your life or the lives of others that seem the furthest away from ideal, the furthest from something for which to be thankful.
Through His grace, though, we truly can give thanks in all things.
Thanks for what?
I AM – the Giver and Sustainer of life, the One who promises His presence, no matter our circumstances.
That, my friends, is why we give thanks.