"Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts." Colossians 3:16 NLT
Yesterday was the official day of Thanksgiving. And it is good that we have a day on the calendar that reminds us that we do have so much to be thankful for. No matter where we are in life, we need to be thankful--don't you think?
I don't know if you have ever heard the saying, "God is good, all time. All the time, God is good,"--we say it in our church almost, if not every, Sunday. During this Thanksgiving season, driving the many miles that I did, I've been thinking of a new verse--"Be thankful, all the time. All the time, be thankful."
When do you feel thankful? Do you feel thankful just when things are going good and life is going that way you want? There are no challenges, no problems, no unwanted situations. It is so easy then. But what happens when there are challenges, problems and unwanted situations? Do you feel thankful then? Honestly, what do you feel?
It's not easy to be thankful all the time. Look at the beginning of our linage. Adam and Eve had a whole garden to be thankful for--all but one tree. But what happened? Were they thankful? Maybe at one time. But in the end, they didn't want anything but the one thing that they weren't suppose to have.
Being thankful all the time is not easy. It takes work. Especially when things are going wrong. But have you thought about how many miracles have come out of hard, trying times? How you have grown spiritually, emotionally, enduring hard times? How, hopefully, your relationship with your God has been strengthen and you've grown closer?
I do not like hard times, but without the hard times, I would not be the person I am. What about you? Be thankful, all the time. All the time, be thankful.
Have you thanked Him lately? If not, why not do it today?