“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live” (Ephesians 5:16-18).
That’s the mantra for the day: give thanks no matter what.
Good day? Give thanks.
Bad day? Give thanks
Ugly day? Give thanks.
I know I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but I’m learning how to give thanks in any and every situation.
Gratitude is more than just an attitude. It’s a way of living that leads to a new way of seeing. Giving thanks changes how you see who you are and what you have. Suddenly, what you have becomes enough (again, props to Ann Voskamp for that thought).
It’s much easier to give a hearty “Amen” to something like this when you’re in a comfortable pew on Sunday with a fat wallet and a pretty wife and two perfect kids.
It’s not so easy when you’re in the midst of an anxiety attack and feeling like it will never get better. When your wallet is pitifully thin and there’s no ring on your finger and you feel like you’re beating your head against the proverbial wall.
Still, the command is clear: give thanks. This is God’s will for you. Give thanks.
The command is not to give thanks FOR the tragedies and heartaches in your life, but to give thanks IN THE MIDST of these events. Give thanks that God is still able to work out even these things for good. Just ask Joseph.
That’s my message for this Saturday night: give thanks.
See you again tomorrow.