Giving Thanks in All Circumstances
Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all. – James 1:17 (CEB)
It’s Thanksgiving. What will you do today? Gather around a table packed with relatives and enough food to feed three times as many people? Watch football from noon until midnight? Play board games or watch old movies and laugh a lot?
Or maybe today you won’t be so thankful. Your son or daughter is in jail. Or your loved one is on drugs. Or your family is so dysfunctional that you rarely get together on the holidays, and when you do it’s more like a shouting match than a pleasant conversation.
Whether your day will be packed with laughter and enjoyment, or loneliness and misery, this much you can be sure of: on earth, all circumstances are temporary. Enjoy the good times while you can because there will come a day when they may not be so full of joy. Learn from the bad times because they will shape your character, teach you perseverance, and strengthen your grip on patience.
The one thing you need in your life is Me. As James says, My character is unchanging. I will never be like a fair-weather friend or an unfaithful spouse. I will never leave you or turn My back on you. My presence in the world is something you can rely on, no matter what the day’s circumstances look like. That is something for which you can give thanks tomorrow, next week, and far into the future.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- What is one of your favorite Thanksgiving memories? Which do you remember more: the food you ate or the people you ate it with?
- Name three things you can thank Me for today.