Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
[1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]
Gratitude Is Always an Option
If you look long enough and hard enough, you’ll find something to bellyache about. So quit looking! Lift your eyes off the weeds. Major in the grace of God. And…
Measure the gifts of God. Collect your blessings. Catalog his kindnesses. Assemble your reasons for gratitude and recite them. “Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 ncv).
Look at the totality of those terms. Always be joyful. Pray continually. Give thanks whatever happens. Learn a lesson from Sidney Connell. When her brand-new bicycle was stolen, she called her dad with the bad news. He expected his daughter to be upset. But Sidney wasn’t crying. She was honored. “Dad,” she boasted, “out of all the bikes they could have taken, they took mine.”
Gratitude is always an option. Matthew Henry made it his. When the famous scholar was accosted by thieves and robbed of his purse, he wrote this in his diary: “Let me be thankful first, because I was never robbed before; second, because, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, although they took my all, it was not much; and, fourthly, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.” Make gratitude your default emotion, and you’ll find yourself giving thanks for the problems of life.
[Every Day Deserves a Chance]
Your generosity to us is amazing. Your blessings are countless. Your kindness is a breath of fresh air. We choose to be grateful and joyful no matter what today brings. We choose to make gratitude our default emotion. We give thanks to you for all things,
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.
Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You.
~ Max Lucado ~