Give Thanks, Always
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!– 1 Chronicles 16:34
Growing up, I know now how much I took for granted. Simple things like food, shelter, transportation. More personal things, like hugs from the people you love, or a kiss goodnight when your parents tuck you in bed.
It’s easy as a child to not fully appreciate what we have, to be thankful for the blessings we receive. And all to often, this inability to be thankful follows us into adulthood.
We get caught up with the harsh realities of life, schedules, responsibilities, etc.
And then we pause one day a year to be thankful. We eat good food, hang out with family; all good things. But we ought to be thankful all the time.
I’m always struck by Paul’s letters in the Bible. That despite what he was facing when he wrote most of them, the death threats and persecution, he constantly stayed thankful. He was thankful for the people he wrote to, but he was thankful most of all to Jesus.
Paul understood something we often loose sight of.
Regardless of the situations we face, and regardless of the time of year, we should be thankful always.
I know a lot of people who have encountered hardship, loss of loved ones, broken relationships all this year. For many, life this year has been tough, and it can be tough to find things to be thankful for.
I encourage you, join me in remembering the little things we have. Remember that we are blessed, even in the messes.
Give thanks to the Lord, always.