It’s hard to be thankful when…
Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful.
They choose to be swallowed up in God’s Word rather than spit out by their circumstances. No matter what happens, thankful people make a habit of stopping, pausing, and choosing.
Stopping- to acknowledge something to be thankful for in the hard times;
Pausing- to acknowledge God’s love and discipline no matter what season of life they’re in;
Choosing- to keep their eyes on Jesus until His powerful peace is unleashed.
Thankful people make the choice to respond in a God-honoring way despite their feelings.
They allow irrational feelings to catch up to rational choices.
My grandfather was a POW in WWII. As the prisoners lined up in front of a firing squad, he prayed a prayer of thanksgiving. For no apparent reason, the German soldiers lowered their rifles and spared the prisoners lives. He later escaped and came home.
Before Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, “He got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before,” (Daniel 6:10). God spared David’s life. David’s reflection of thankfulness and obedience changed lives.
And Paul, bless his heart, even from jail never prayed a prayer without giving thanks.
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. (Eph. 1:16 NIV).
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy.... (Phil. 1:3-4 NLT).
Just how full is your praise basket?
Do you have a pattern of praise and thanksgiving in your life? How full is your praise basket? Are you empty or are you overflowing? Has life robbed you of your praisin’ Jesus moments today?
This new year, let’s choose thankful hearts no matter how hard life gets. No matter what Satan throws at us, we will keep our baskets full.