I feel very thankful right now and I think that’s a problem.
I think we have this idea that thankfulness is a feeling. When things go our way, when we get what we want, we are then thankful. I don’t think that is God’s idea of thankfulness.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:18
Oh, it’s so easy to be thankful when we are feeling blessed and loved, when someone does something extra special for you, when you get to visit your family for thanksgiving. But God calls us to be thankful in all circumstances. When we are homesick or lonely, when our car breaks down, when you receive an unkind look from someone. That’s when it’s hard to be grateful. I think it’s a conscious choice we must make. We must DECIDE to be thankful. Are you a saved son or daughter of the King? Then you always have an amazing reason to be thankful to our Savior! You always have a reason to be joyful and full of gratitude! No matter what is going on around you, you are blessed beyond belief!
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for sanctification. I am thankful for God’s ever-loving hand that teaches me and brings me constantly closer to Him. I am thankful for the hard lessons that cause me to love Him more. I am thankful for His grace in my life.
I am thankful.