“In Everything Give Thanks”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It’s hard to be thankful for some things, but if we look at them from the proper perspective, we can find reason for thankfulness even though these things may at first seem to be something for which we would not be thankful. Think about the following written by an unknown author.
I AM THANKFUL FOR . . .
. . . the mess to clean up after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
. . . the taxes I pay because it means I am employed.
. . . the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
. . . my shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
. . . the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
. . . all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we still have freedom of speech.
. . . the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
. . . a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
. . . my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
. . . weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.
Perhaps we might want to consider adding the following to the list above:
. . . a headache because it means we are alive and have a head to ache.
. . . a parking ticket because it means we have a car to drive.
. . . jury duty because it means our judicial system is working to protect its citizens and keep law and order.
. . . a guilty conscience, because it means God hasn’t given up on us and is still working on us to make us all we ought to be.
In this Thanksgiving season, let’s all look for things to be grateful for that at first may not appear to be something we would appreciate. We each do have so much to be thankful for and I’m sure none of us really stops to thank God often enough for all His blessings. We could never express in words our gratitude to Him, but there is a way we can show Him how grateful we are. We can take what He has blessed us with and share it with others, especially His gift of love to us that He wants everyone to know and experience. I hope we each can learn to practice Paul’s encouragement and “in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
As I mention each month, America is in dire need of revival. Will you please join me in praying for revival and spiritual awakening in our land?
Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
Working Together in His Service,
Roy Pr. 3:5-6