Thankful at All Times
“…Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!…” – 1 Chronicles 29:12-13 (NLT)
Less than two weeks before Christmas arrives. Are you thankful for the Savior whose birth you will celebrate on December 25? Or are you stressed out over all the gifts you still have to buy? All the parties you have to attend? All the Christmas pageants and cantatas you have to see? Do you have the feeling that you’re rushing around constantly with too much to do and not enough time to do it?
I know. You’re busy. But things aren’t likely to get any less busy in the coming year. The question is whether you will be thankful for the things you have or unhappy about the things you don’t have.
Contentment—and a less panicked state of mind—won’t come from things. No matter what it is, you won’t find happiness in a new car, a new iPhone, a new iPad, a new notepad, or a new home theater system. Stop and think about how much you have that is worth more than all the gizmos you can line up. Like good friends. The trials that have helped you appreciate life. Or the poverty you overcame that helped you see what matters most.
What would you do if you lived in the time of David, who said the prayer in 1 Chronicles 29? There were no labor-saving devices. Daily life involved a struggle to get enough food for the day and frequent hand-to-hand combat with fierce enemies. In David’s case, his first four sons caused him great trouble, especially Absalom, who led a revolt against his father in hopes of becoming king. Yet David praised Me. Thankfulness comes from the heart, not your circumstances.
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2 – Would others describe you as clothed with love and peace? How could a thankful heart make you more loving and peaceful?
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