Give thanks in all circumstances

By Jon Church - Katy Park Baptist Church

By Jon Church

Katy Park Baptist Church

The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Sometimes the circumstances of our lives are not always the best. In fact, they may be downright bad, but still, we are to look for something to be thankful for! And there is always something positive for which we can be thankful!

One morning after a terrible snowstorm, a woman was outside shoveling her driveway. She stopped to wave hello to her neighbor, and he asked her why her husband wasn’t out there helping her with the chore.

She explained that one of them had to stay inside to take care of the children, so they drew straws to see who would go out and shovel.

“Sorry about your bad luck,” he said. Susan replied, “Don’t be sorry. I won!”

The bible tells us it is good to give thanks in all circumstances.

Dr. Dale Robbins writes, “I used to think people complained because they had a lot of problems. But I have come to realize that they have problems because they complain. Complaining doesn’t change anything or make situations better. It amplifies frustration, spreads discontent and discord, and can invoke an invitation for the devil to cause havoc with our lives.”

Complaining makes us miserable.

Psalm 77:3 says, “I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed.”

The apostle Paul says in Philippians 2:13, “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”

A positive, thankful person is a great witness in this dark world. We only shine when we are thankful. Our light shines for the Lord when we are thankful, when we live it and express it!

Instead of looking at the negatives in our lives and complaining, we must look at and for the positives and give thanks.

Giving thanks is God’s will for our lives. Giving thanks to God and others is what pleases the Lord.

Sometimes it’s the way we look at things that make a difference in our attitude.

I am thankful for …

… the taxes I pay because it means I’m employed.

… the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.

… a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

… the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.

… my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.

… all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.

… the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.

… the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.

… the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means I’m alive.

… the weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

Remember your thankfulness has a destination. It is very hard to be thankful for anything without having someone to thank.

Alex Haley, the author of “Roots,” had an unusual picture hanging on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle on top of a fence post. When asked, “Why is that there?” Haley answered, “Every time I write something significant, every time I read my words and think that they are wonderful, and begin to feel proud of myself, I look at the turtle on top of the fence post and remember that he didn’t get there on his own. He had help.”

That is the basis of thankfulness — to remember that we got here with the help of God, and that He is the provider of every blessing we have.

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