Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Not so long ago famous people all over the world were polled by a magazine which
asked them the question “if you could be granted one wish that will come true right now – what would that be?”
There were some interesting responses – but one response impressed the magazine’s editors so much that they commented on it. That response was this – “_I wish that I could be given
an even greater ability to appreciate all that I already have._”
It is an interesting answer . . . an interesting thing to wish for, isn’t it?
What do you think would happen if each one of us prayed each day through November,
to become a more thankful and appreciative person? Imagine doing this and with each
passing day of November, all of us are being filled with a deeper and deeper gratitude
to God and a greater ability to express appreciation to other people.
Thessalonians 5:18 says:
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
In Ephesians, chapter five, where Paul is telling new Christians how they should live,
he teaches: “Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Deep appreciation and gratitude is an incredibly transformational norm and standard
for the Christian.. And this kind of living breaks the every day mold. The early
burgeoning church lived happy and triumphant lives discovering the link between thanks-
giving and joy!
We are told that they rejoiced even when they were being afflicted and persecuted, and
their fellowship continually grew until it reached the ends
of the earth.
Give thanks in all circumstances.
Give thanks for everything.
Give thanks at all times. This is the most powerful way to live!
All of us together serving in Christ,