“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Friday night, God checked me. He said something so clear to me that I needed to share the words. The words He whispered to my spirit came when I was miserably cold and wanting to complain. The heating system was out in my house and although it was to be fixed the next day, in the meantime – I sat in a house with no heat with mid-30 degree weather outside. Yet as my spirit was at the tip of a full-blown pity and complaint party, I heard “count your blessings and not your lack”. That’s it. So with those simple words, I went from complaining about the heat I did not have to praise Him for what I did have. I had a bed. I had a bedroom. I had a house. Which is more than some can say. That night I consciously decided to count my blessings and not what I lacked.
What if we approached all of life that way instead of November when we give thanks for a day or a few weeks? The Bible tells us that we should have to give thanks in all circumstances, but when life seems to press us, we often forget to have a spirit of thankfulness. And for many, we are pressed so much and so often with our jobs, finances, families, etc. we focus on our lack and not our blessings.
But how do we move from focusing on the lack? By consciously focusing on our blessings instead. We must train our minds and thoughts to respond to every negative situation with a positive reflection. We must face every complaint and consciously turn it into a moment of praise for what we do have – family, a job, shelter, and so much more. Just as our bodies can be transformed and changed through exercise and diet, so can our minds and thoughts be transformed by the lens in which we view our situations. When we do that, we will begin to truly have joy and live out God’s will for us – to give thanks in ALL circumstances.
From our families to yours, have a Happy Thanksgiving. And remember, to always count your blessings and not your lack.