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When You Should Be Thankful

Yesterday I began Thanksgiving Week with this post about why you should be thankful. Today let’s slightly change the question.

When should you be thankful?

It is easy to say that we are always thankful, but let’s be honest. This is a safe place. No judgment. It just isn’t so. We aren’t always thankful.

What, then, does God say about when to be thankful? After all, if we turn to Him to find out why we should be thankful then we should turn to Him for when.

In the same verse that we looked at yesterday, 1 Thessalonaians 5:18, it says that we should be thankful in all circumstances.

That’s tough, isn’t it?

How do you tell someone this week who is struggling with cancer that they are to be thankful?

What do you say to someone who loses their job just before the holidays?

What about a parent who loses their child?

This isn’t easy. It can’t be. What I do believe is that being thankful is a decision and an attitude. It transcends circumstances. Being thankful seems to be based more on our relationship with the Lord than on what is going on around us. After all, Christ died so we can have that relationship. We have every reason to be thankful at all times.

Like I said, this isn’t easy. We lose sight of this among our circumstances. Our challenge going forward is to pause and purposefully be thankful.

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  1. November 24, 2015 at 6:34 am

    You’re right, being thankful is a choice and an attitude. How to be thankful when it seems all is going wrong is hard, until you remember it could be much worse and He is there watching over you. We take His blessing for granted many times and only remember how blessed we are in hard times.

    Have a blessed day!

    Ed

  2. November 24, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I heard a pastor once say, “We don’t give thanks for every circumstance. We give thanks in every circumstance.” We aren’t thankful for the bad things that happen, but we have hope that God can redeem the most brutal circumstances. For that we find a way to give thanks.

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