by Graham Mol
I asked my kids, “What should I write my blog about today?” to which my daughter simply replied, “Well it’s not my blog.”
Sooo… that didn’t work out.
It’s a good thing that I do have something on my heart to share with you after all. I’d like to ask you when was the last time you took a moment to think of all the things that God has given you and done in your life and give thanks to Him for it all? If it has been while I’d encourage you to take the time as it is one of the most joy-giving practices you can do. We all have a lot to thank God for, if we stop to think about it. Even in times such as these. If you ever want to feel blessed just start counting the blessings that you have received from the Lord and the blessings you have in Christ.
The Apostle Paul writes this incredible word of encouragement to believers:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17, my emphasis)
Three times in three verses Paul mentions thankfulness. Gratitude should characterise our Christian lives. We, after all, have the most to be thankful about for our future in eternity is secure, we are forgiven, we know that we are loved and, if we take the time to notice, we see God’s blessings all around us.
You may find yourself in a difficult place right now where you are struggling and maybe the last thing you feel like doing is giving thanks. The enemy may be saying to you that you’ve got nothing to be thankful for. It’s not the truth. God is good, His love endures forever. He has given you good things, He has been faithful, He has never abandoned you. Even in trials we can give thanks to God. So start with one thing. Ask yourself, what is one thing that, no matter what, I can be thankful to God for? Start there and you will be amazed at how many more things come to mind.
Through thanksgiving we find our perspective about ourselves changing. Such joy fills our hearts when we begin to see that we are not destitute, we are in fact blessed beyond all measure.