Gratitude for many can seem like an odd word. When the bible talks about “giving thanks in ALL circumstances” (Thessalonians 5:16-18), it can be a bit tricky to understand.
Surely that’s not possible?
These days, it can be a lot easier to find something to complain about than to be grateful for. There are so many things going on, and it seems like there is always news that causes worry or anxiety. We might have loved ones that are going through some difficult times. We might be facing something challenging also.
So, how can we rejoice and give thanks, like the Bible tells us to?
Over the years, I have found that there is so much power in perspective and trusting that God is in control. Seeing beauty and goodness in the simple, everyday things of life.
I also try to do the following three things, three things which I hope will be helpful to you too:
- Look around
What good news is going on in your area / neighbourhood / community?
What is going on in your life that you can be thankful for?
I’ll give you some things I am thankful for as I’m writing this, just to get you started!
Thankful for my health, my family, my baby running about and singing along to Cocomelon. The sun shining through the windows brightening up my house. Summer in the air. Birds singing in the morning as I make a lovely cup of tea (could I sound anymore British?). Finishing the day with a great book or show on Netflix.
Why don’t you spend some time today making your own list?
- Look up
There are so many stories of encouragement, hope and promise found in the bible that can fill our hearts with gratitude.
Something I have also been doing regularly is starting off my prayers / conversations with God with thankfulness. This can be as simple as “thank you for all you have done in my life, you are awesome and I really love and appreciate all you are doing.” We can give thanks for not only everything He has done in our lives, but also for what He is about to do!
- Look at friends
I will have coffee dates with friends where we are literally talking about good things that have happened recently. No matter how small it may seem! Recently a friend told me about a new friend they met at their sports club, to how praying for someone to know Jesus has involved them going to church for the first time. Talking about answered prayers or what we are hoping for is not only a great way to spend time together, but also can shift our perspective and mindset. There is a lot of good going on, and we can see this in the lives of others.
Living in gratitude is possible, despite what we might be facing or feeling. I sincerely hope this article helps you in your journey of thankfulness.