Have you counted your blessings today?
Have you ever met someone whose whole world seems to be falling apart, yet they always seem to have a smile on their face and their heart is full of gratitude? Or maybe you know someone who is just the opposite and always seems to have a problem with every little thing that is happening to them?
I’ve met plenty of both, and most of the time, the thankful people I have met have a little secret. You know what it is? They are consciously looking for God’s goodness and things to be thankful for.
I have a dear friend who is currently going through things that I honestly don’t know if I could handle, but every time I see her, she is concerned about me, and wants to know how I am. When her situation comes up, she continues to praise God for the good times and the bad.
What would our lives look like if we practiced ‘in everything give thanks’? We have a heavenly Father who loves us through the good and bad, and while we won’t always understand why certain things happen, think about Job. Through all of his trials, God was still there, Job remained faithful, and when it was all done, God blessed him more than ever. Or look at Joshua and Caleb. Out of all the spies who went to Canaan, they were the only two who were able to see all of the amazing things that God wanted them to claim in the promised land.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Some days it may take more effort than others, but look around you… God is good and His blessings are everywhere. He’s so good to us!