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1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
So often as adults we utter the words, “Kids today are so ungrateful.” And we think that we were something different when we were younger. However the reality is, ungrateful kids grow up to be ungrateful adults, if true revelations fail to come. This verse says, “In EVERYTHING” we are to be thankful. That means, in our rocky marriages, we STILL thank God for the spouse that He has given. That means, in jobs that may be unfulfilling, we STILL give thanks to God for what He has provided. We could be on that tangent for days.
To give thanks, what is that really? What does that truly me? It goes far beyond merely saying thank you. Giving thanks truly, means that we cherish whatever it is that we are thankful for. So with the previous examples, being thankful for our spouse means we continue to honor them as we did when we first started pursuing them. It means that we continue pursuing them. We CHOOSE to love (agape). We continue to meet their needs even when we are pissed off, even when times seem as if we are at our worse. The same would apply with employment. The gratitude that we have on day one thousand and one, should be equal to or great than the appreciation that we had on day one. Honestly speaking, the days in between will not always be sunshine. They will not always be filled with people singing your praises. To expect a daily walk in the part is beyond unrealistic. But what is very realistic is our ability to have control over attitude and appreciation.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
The good. The bad. The ugly. The magnificent. It all works to our good. We will not always enjoy the experience, but we MUST always be grateful for the journey. In EVERYTHING, give thanks!
Love you, be blessed — AWS 01.13.16