"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
To be honest, I've often approached that verse with a bit of skepticism.
I guess it's the "always," "continually," and "in all circumstances" that throws me.
So it's had a bit of a negative slant for me.
Or maybe it's just the ideals that seemed impossible for me to maintain.
But today I'm looking at it from a new perspective.
Focusing on the "give thanks" part. Thinking I don't do that enough. With people. And with God.
Like with Thank You notes. Let's face it. It seems they've become a thing of the past. And I fail at that very thing quite often. In these days of hectic schedules and technology, notes that travel by the postal service are almost extinct. That's a little sad. Who doesn't like receiving something in their mailbox that isn't a bill or junkmail??? I know I do!
And who doesn't like for their kindness or act of service to be appreciated? Again, I do!
Yes, people like to be thanked.
And we should thank them...with words, a note, sometimes even a gift.
And God. Oh my. We should live lives of gratitude toward Him. Whispering thanks throughout the day. Always. Continually. And yes, in all circumstances. Thankful that we can trust Him. Giving thanks for the magnitude of His love for us. How He protects and provides. How He never leaves us or forsakes us.
I'm praying for a heart that is thankful. And actions that show it.
How about you? What are you thankful for today?
Thank YOU for stopping by! (Enjoy a little chocolate with that!)