Have you ever sat down and thought about all the things God has blessed you with? I bet if you did, you would come up with more than you think you would. The surprising thing to me is that I came up with some things that are blessings that I don’t act very thankful for. Sometimes through tough times and situations, blessings can seem like curses. How do you think that makes God feel? He’s given you something and you act like an 8 year old boy who just opened a birthday gift to find out it was clothes. God has chosen to bless us, and we should be thankful.
In his first letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul writes, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB). Do you see what he said there? “In everything give thanks“. He didn’t say “Give thanks when things are going well”. It’s true that it is easier to praise God and be thankful when everything is going well. But I find that the times that are most meaningful is when He is the rock I cling to when thing are tough. That’s not to say that we should abandon God when things are going well. We should always be rejoicing, always praying, and always giving thanks.
So as we continue the journey of the Heart Man, I believe that we must continue to remember to be thankful.