Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18
It is common for persons to wonder what God’s will is for them. Should they become this, should they do that, what direction should they go? For the follower of Jesus Christ, God’s will is for him to be continually grateful. To be thankful does not require an education or ordination. Being thankful does not depend on any special skills or talents. Gratitude simply requires a choice from an appreciative heart yielded unto a faithful Creator.
Life is both difficult and painful, but each of us experience blessings we can give thanks for. Many can give thanks for tangible things like food, housing, vehicles, and clothing. Many can give thanks for physiological things such as good health and the abilities to walk, see, hear, and reason. Some, indeed, walk some very difficult paths, but they have faith, hope, friends, and mercies. And for those are Christ’s, we have new life, forgiveness, every spiritual blessing, the Holy Spirit within, and God’s guidance and presence.
One of the supreme marks of a Christian is simple gratitude, even when life is not going the way one would necessarily like. This week, try to count your many blessings. As the old hymn notes, you will be surprised by all the Lord has done and given!
Are you a complainer? If so, is your life really as bad as you make it sound? Do you regularly give God thanks for what you have? There might be things you desire to have, but are you genuinely grateful for what you do have?