A verse we are all probably familiar with is 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ESV
You have heard, as I have, sermons that stress that the verse says in all
circumstances–not for all circumstances.
We can be thankful in the midst of difficulties, problems, discouragements and setbacks even though we are not thankful for these situations.
Stinkin’ thinkin’ is what takes place when we see life through a negative (instead of a positive) set of lenses. We see sand traps next to every green instead of greens next to every sand trap and most always see the glass as half empty rather than half full. It’s mostly about perspective–God’s perspective on things.
I heard that John Maxwell says: “Attitude more than aptitude will determine your altitude.” I truly believe that with all my heart. Attitude more than aptitude will determine what kind of life you experience.
So, as a Christian, while you celebrate Thanksgiving this next week, here are five things you can be thankful for:
- The salvation that has been given to you. -Ephesians 2:8,9
- The plans that are developed for you. -Jeremiah 29:11
- The promises that are true about you. -Joshua 23:14; 2 Corinthians 1:20
- The transformation taking place within you. -2 Corinthians 5:17
- The future guaranteed and waiting for you. -John 14:1-4
As you reflect on his goodness and grace to you, may he, through the power of the Holy Spirit enable you to indeed have an attitude of gratitude!
Blessed Thanksgiving wishes to you and your family!