Thanksgiving in Everything
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18 NLT
A friend of mine had major surgery a month and half ago which requires at least 3 months of recuperation. For the remainder of the recuperation period, she decided to go back to her hometown. But her car required some routine servicing. Fluid levels check, free oil change or whatever it is they do for routine servicing. No big deal, right. Wrong! To her, it became a major ordeal! The service tech began to tell her what was needed and it was not included in the free oil change service. From what she told me, she had gone on and on for hours about how much the “not free services” cost with another friend. So, as she’s recapping her receipt to me for the third time, I’m thinking of the things that she could be thankful for. Although it was an unexpected expense, thankful that she had the money to pay for the “not free services”. That it could have cost three times more. Thankful that she as a car, not just a car, but a new car to drive. Thankful for life, health and strength. From my perspective, just as she went on and on about the cost of the “not free services” the list of reasons to be thankful to God could go on and on as well. Not that she’s an ungrateful person, but that’s how we are sometimes when adverse situations or circumstances happen. We tend to focus our energy on that thing rather than looking for the blessing or something to be thankful for in the midst of it all. This really brought home I Thessalonians 5:18 for me to be thankful in everything. I want to encourage you the next you’re faced with an adverse situation or circumstance, find at least one thing that you can give thanks for.