Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
When you read the above passage, it’s easy to be grateful for all the good things in your life. It is almost impossible to be grateful for the troubles that arise in your life. But we are called to do this. The idea of being grateful for ALL things is in the Bible many times. But, how do you do this?
The way I look at it, even in hard times, there are things to be grateful for. Having trouble at work? Be grateful you even have a job. Personal relationships on the skids? Be grateful that you have people around you that you have built a relationship with. Things just not going your way? Be grateful that you have a God who cares and is there for you in all situations.
You may not feel like God knows your pain but He does. Sometimes we need to go through hard times to come through it as a better person. Look at September 11th. Yes, it was a horrendous day in our nation and the evil one was truly front and center that day. But look at the aftermath. Our country was never so united as in the days after that tragedy. The outpouring of love and caring that took place nationwide was amazing. And finally, our police and firefighters were appreciated for all that they do every day.
In all circumstances, give thanks. You’ll find that when you do, things have a way of working out for the best. God is always there, always listening, always providing. Trust in Him and all will be well.
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