Are you thankful, today?
The bible advises us to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
~ I Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (NRSV)
Today, we gather together with friends and family to demonstrate how grateful we are. Today, we eat and enjoy our fellowship with others. Today, we travel far and wide to position ourselves close by and near to those we are thankful for. Today…we give thanks.
As I reflect on those and that which I am thankful for, I thank God for relationship, especially, the relationship that I have with Him.
“…pray without ceasing…” I am learning that ‘always rejoicing’ becomes less of a chore or a concern based on our condition when we understand the importance of giving thanks. Prayer is often considered as a conversation between a person and God. Prayer is a posture in which one can give thanks. However, many use it ‘without ceasing’ to complain and compare our conditions to and with others’. This use of prayer often stifles our execution of the will of God for us. We should always pray – our prayers shouldn’t depend upon how we feel or where we find ourselves because we are commissioned to do it ‘without ceasing’ (always).
The bible tells us that God’s will, in Christ Jesus, for us is to give thanks in all circumstances! Have we lived in this will?
Today…Thanksgiving, the holiday, reminds us of the holy sanction to ‘rejoice always.’ Not only are we to give thanks on today but we are to express our thankfulness in all situations and tests and triumphs and valleys and mountain top experiences – in all circumstances!
I just want to encourage us all to live in expressive thanks, always! Tell those who need to hear it that you are thankful for them.
Show your gratitude.
Offer your appreciation.
Without: hesitation, reservation, or further ado…
~ Give Thanks~