Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Is it truly possible to be thankful in all circumstances? Even now as we sit in lock-down, confined to our homes for what may be weeks on end? Yes.Even now. Even in the most difficult times we can, if we listen, hear the voice of God offering comfort, healing, direction and maybe even some challenge. Thank God that he is with you. Thank God for the way he can form your heart as you persevere. Thank God for helping you respond to life with love, hope and faith.Thank God for those who stand by you in difficult times and thank him for what he might be doing in their lives.
Once you get started you will probably think of many more things to be thankful for. Write things down in your journal and make a habit of writing everyday the things you feel grateful for. Writing your grateful feelings helps to solidify them in your mind and that affects your mood and your choices. During this time of social distancing maybe it would be good to write a note to someone and tell them how grateful you are that they are in your life. Spread the gratitude around!
Food for Thought:
Giving thanks in all circumstances will transform the way you experience your life and see the goodness of God in all things and all people.