1 Thessalonians 5:18 says Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you but how possible is it to do just that especially if our circumstances are horrible? Many times it will feel impossible to give thanks especially when life becomes one discouragement, disappointment, disease, disaster, and death after another, but remember that praise and not grumbling transforms circumstances.
Do you have difficulty with bitterness, selfishness, self‑pity, negativism, or pride? An attitude of gratitude can change those things and literally transform your life. Sociologists rank people into four levels of living.
People in the lowest level constantly complain. These are people always complaining, bitter and hateful. The second level is slightly higher. These are not people who are constantly complaining; they just never give thanks for anything. They take things for granted.
The third level has those who thank God for the obvious blessings, when things are going good and everything is fine.
But in the fourth level, the highest level, are those who give thanks always for all things. This is the attitude that will change your life. Anything good that you have has come from God. You didn’t get it by luck, ingenuity, hard work, wit, or wisdom. It is proper to thank God for it.
In everything give thanks. Not in some things, but in all things. Everything, every area of life is to be a subject of thanksgiving. There’s so much to be thankful for. You should be thankful for your families, health, food, and even a glass of water. Thank God for the simple things.
You can even be thankful for the heartaches, the pains, and the sufferings. Romans 8:28 says, “…All things work together for good…” That is, the thing itself is not good, but it is God Who is working all things together for good.
If you want to live on the highest level of life, cultivate the attitude of gratitude always and in all things. It doesn’t matter how bad, difficult, dark, or mysterious things get; take the ultimate step of faith and say, “God, You’re greater than this, and I thank you.
Instead of focusing on what isn’t working out right now, focus on the future joy that God has promised you. In fact, the trouble that you endure has a purpose: in it you are displaying the reality of Jesus to the world in a unique way. The kingdom of God is most clearly shown on earth when Christians gratefully suffer present trouble because they see a future weight of glory coming that makes everything this world throws at them as “light and momentary afflictions” in comparison (2 Corinthians 4:17).
Life does not always bring us what we want. We do, though, have a choice about our attitude. What are you doing with your trials? Are you focused on the negative or looking to find the good in the situation?
In everything give thanks!