And be thankful.
Those words came from Paul a long time ago, but they’re just as relevant now as they were then.
Sometimes I obey that command quite easily. Some days I get overwhelmed with how good God’s been to me and how he just keeps on blessing.
On those days smiles and prayers and worship come easily. God is good, and life is good.
Then there are other days, and they come more often than they should.
On those days I focus more on the negatives than I do the positives. I grumble and complain and wallow in the woe-is-me mire. Intellectually I know God is still good, but I don’t feel it. I don’t live it.
Do you have those days?
Do you ever get used to God’s goodness?
Maybe it’s part of the human condition, the struggle to do more than mumble a Thank-you-for-all-these-many-blessings kind of prayer.
It’s a fight to live in gratitude, and not just visit there on special occasions.
In your devotional time today, take a few minutes to be thankful.
Make a list of all God’s done for you. Be specific, and thank him for everything on that list.
Take it with you and pull it out when you have a minute or two today, and thank him again.
Be intentional about not whining or grumbling or buying into the negativism of the world around you.
Decide today—don’t worry about tomorrow yet—decide today that your heart will focus on all the good and all the blessings and all the hope.
And be thankful, Paul says.
Today, for one whole day, let’s try it.