“Give thanks in all circumstances…” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president declared the Thanksgiving holiday. Friend, what was in his mind and what did he want to tell each of us?
Scripture says in First Thessalonians, “In everything give thanks.” Notice it doesn’t say to give thanks “for” everything, it says “in” everything. In other words, we should have the attitude that says, “God, no matter what’s happening, I’m going to choose to be grateful. I’m not going to focus on what’s wrong. I’m going to find something positive in my life. I may be sick, but Father, I just want to thank You today for giving me a great family. I may be struggling in my marriage, but God, thank You for giving me a good job. I may not have gotten the position I wanted, but God, I want to thank You that I was able to see another sunrise, that I could hear the birds singing this morning, that I could smell the flowers.”