Big Idea: Give thanks in the midst of all things.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (CSB): Give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Devotional: How does your family express thanks? When I was younger, my family would gather in a circle and say what they were thankful for before we ate Thanksgiving Dinner. Today, we gather and I read a passage of Scripture and then ask the blessing before we eat. Being thankful must be a part of who we are and not just a one-day event because it’s God’s will for our life!
So, what did Paul mean when he said to give thanks in everything? First, he did not say to give thanks for everything, but rather to give thanks in everything. We give thanks in everything by acknowledging who God is and the fact that he has not left us or forsaken us, is continuing to strengthen and to protect us, and is growing us.
Granted, the situations we face may make it difficult to thank God. However, there is always something to thank him for...even if you have to search it out. And there are times when the only thing that you’re able to give God thanks for is his unchanging character and nature.
What are you experiencing today? How are you giving God thanks? As you give God thanks, you’ll find that he’ll give you a clearer perspective on what’s going on, and more times than not, a clearer perspective of him. Thank him today and praise his holy name!
-What are you thankful for today? Can you list five things?
-Is there anyone that you’re thankful for? Call them and tell them.
-Pray and thank God for who he is and the blessings that he has given you. Thank him for the ways that he has grown you, too.
Gratitude produces deep, abiding joy because we know that God is working in us, even through difficulties. —Charles Stanley
Fact: According to Harvard Health Publishing, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness and improves emotions and health, helps you relish good experiences, cope with adversity, and build strong relationships.