In everything….give thanks. This is what God instructed us to do.
A favorite quote of mine from Jesus Calling is this:
Give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give Me thanks (regardless of your feelings) and I give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances). This is spiritual obedience.
How is it possible to give thanks when your heart is broken, you have lost a loved one or your job or when life just seems to keep handing you lemons?
When you thank God fervently and without ceasing, regardless of the situation, you are inviting His presence to enter your heart and you begin to see things differently and you will be blessed beyond measure. The blessings you already have in your life will suddenly come into focus and you will see that despite the hardships, there are still so many things to be grateful for.
When you consume your time with thanksgiving, you have no time left over for an ungrateful attitude. Each time you thank God, regardless of the circumstances, you acknowledge that He is in control and there is a comfort in that. It’s not easy to accept this when your life seems out of control and your heart just doesn’t grasp the idea, but it is God’s word and if we are to live as He intended then we must obey Him. I’ll be the first to admit that this is not as easy as it sounds and I often fail at it. But in those moments when you truly relinquish control and just look to him with thanksgiving, He will bring peace to your heart, even when it seems impossible.
Wherever you are and whatever you are up against, just start by offering up this simple prayer:
God, I thank you and praise you. I believe You are working on this situation and working in me. My faith, trust and hope are in You.
Today and every day, choose to carry a thankful heart.
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day – 2 Corinthians 4:15-16