“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Have you ever noticed how complaining seems to come naturally? I find it difficult to go through a whole day without complaining about something.
When I was leading Vacation Bible School in Baraboo, each morning we would do an “attitude check”. In the midst of our opening or in the middle of teaching I would shout: “Attitude Check”. And the kids would respond as loudly as possible…”Praise the Lord!”
Psalm 100 reminds us to: “Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to God and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”( Verse 4)
With all the negativity in our culture lately, with the tough economy, with news of racism and bullying, with the bad news that fills the evening news broadcast, and all the government in -fighting, it’s easy to fall into the default mode of complaining. Yet the above scripture says “give thanks in all circumstances”. Notice it does not say give thanks for all circumstances but give thanks in all circumstances.
Even when we are going through tough times, as followers of Jesus, we still have much to be thankful for. We can make the choice to give thanks to God. God is good all the time, God’s love is beyond our understanding, God has adopted us as His very own children, and God is faithful, God keeps His promises. We serve a great and mighty God who gives us a peace of mind and heart, in the midst of storms in our lives, that is beyond the world’s understanding!!
November is a good time to do an attitude check. God has been reminding me lately of the importance of maintaining a grateful heart. When I stop and think about it, when I count my blessings…I have so much for which I can be grateful. One of the most important blessings of being Christian, for me, is to know that I belong to Jesus forever. I know I never have to face life alone because God’s Spirit indwells me, and Jesus has promised never to leave or forsake me.
What about you? Have you done an attitude check lately? Paul reminds us to give thanks in all circumstances because we belong to Christ Jesus. I challenge you during the month of November, to thank God for 5 blessings in your life every day. And plan to worship regularly, as a way of saying thank you to a God whose love for us is absolutely amazing!
“ATTITUDE CHECK” “PRAISE THE LORD!!!!
Grace and Peace,