Quick to thank

Saturday, November 19, 2022

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thes. 5:16-18 

We are so conditioned to complain that our mind automatically does it. At least mine does. 

The line in the grocery store is too long. Someone acted in a way I didn't like. A decision was made without my consideration. 

I'm quick to complain and slow to express gratitude. 

A few years ago, God convicted me of my complaining ways. I repented from murmuring then, I decided to fill my mind with what God had to say about giving thanks. 

I learned that giving thanks in everything is God's will for me in Christ Jesus. Notice the instructions that come before. Rejoicing at all times requires a levity of heart that comes when I pray without ceasing. I learn to tell God about all the things my heart carries. I learn that I start that conversation with thanksgiving.  I never leave God's presence as I entered. I leave loved, whole, joyful and interestingly ready for more. 

I want to be conditioned to express gratitude. I'm no longer a slave of my complaining thoughts. I was bought with a price and I live for Christ. If He says giving thanks is His will for me, that's what I will choose. 

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for how immediately my mind wants to complain. Help me to pray, rejoice and live in thanksgiving. With you, life can be a gratitude feast. You are good and I'm grateful. In Jesus' name, Amen.