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I Corinthians 15:57-58 ” But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

The Apostle Paul could be writing these Scriptures to us today…Dear friends, stand firm and let nothing move you.  For it is only by the Lord’s help that we can choose faith over fear, peace over panic, and worship over worry.  Paul goes on to exhort us to look beyond ourselves and serve others.  For just because we’re facing difficult times doesn’t mean what God has called us to do is now exempt, futile, or pointless in His eyes.  Quite the opposite!   Earlier in this Chapter, Paul writes that we are God’s fellow workers, (I Corinthians 3:9)  and nothing we do in His Name will ever be insignificant, unimportant, or unworthy of the calling.  Be the hands and feet of Jesus to a lost and dying world today and make a difference!

Colossians 2:7 ” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

A plaque I saw the other day took me back and really had me thinking…it read,  “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you had thanked God for the day before?”  Pretty sobering, right?  I know we try to thank the Lord for what we have (especially around the table on Thanksgiving)…but what about thanking Him for things you no longer have.  This could mean thanking God for delivering you from  feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and depression that had once ruled your life.  Or this could  mean thanking Him for complete recovery from illness, injury, or surgery that had plagued you this year.  As the Scripture says, let’s be overflowing with thankfulness in all things…the things we have, and the things we don’t.

Isaiah 12:4 ” Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.”

We tend to thank God when good things happen…when prayers are answered or people are healed.  But what about when things aren’t so good?  Can we still find gratitude within  pain and sorrow?  Can we be like Job, who after losing everything near and dear to him, exclaimed,” The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, may the name of the Lord be praised.”   Expressing gratitude to God within the storm moves our eyes off the chaos  around us and focuses it on above.

Psalm 107:21 ” Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.”

The Lord loves to bless you in small gestures that only you would recognize.  Little blessings are a way that God shows you just how special you are to Him, and that He too cares about ever aspect of your life.  These unexpected little blessings should come as no surprise though…for God’s kindness and mercy is unending towards you…His love for you is unmeasurable…His desire to give you good gifts is part of His being.

Psalm 52:9 ” I will praise You forever for what You have done; in You name I will hope, for Your name is good. I will praise You in the presence of Your saints.”

Do you see your glass as half empty, or half full?  Rather than focus and dwell on the have nots…concentrate on what the Lord has already accomplished in your life.  Thank Him for what He’s brought you through as you expectantly wait for Him.  Linger in the miraculous happenings  of your life story with the Lord as you anticipate what He’ll do next.  As one of the faithful, your glass will never again be half empty…for the Lord’s love will fill it to overflowing.

Psalm 100:4 ” Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.”

First, I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. May the day be filled with love,family and friends…not to mention lots of great food! As you are gathered around your table giving thanks for the bounty before you, when someone asks what you’re thankful for, think beyond the obvious…health, living in a free nation, family, etc, etc. I encourage you to be thankful for the simple and often overlooked things…the things you take for granted day in and day out. The Lord wants us to be thankful in all things, from a sunrise to a miracle…from a wonderful blessing to a great trial…thank Him for it all.