We are living in unprecedented times. Millions have died as a result of a global pandemic, many
are experiencing economic uncertainty, and we are unable to visit our loved ones because of covid-19.
How are we to continue to be thankful in times like these? Murmuring and complaining is the natural
response to life’s challenges, however, I want to encourage you to be grateful in spite of what you are
going through. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “…. in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus for you.” (NKJV) We are admonished to give thanks in both the good times and the bad for this is
pleasing to God. We need to realize that there is always something to be thankful about, it is all a
matter of perspective.
When we are going through the storms of life complaining is easy to do as we in Western society do
not like to be inconvenienced or uncomfortable. We sometimes hinder ourselves from moving forward
in life because of our constant murmuring and complaining. The story of the Israelites journey to the
promised land shows that complaining impedes progress. What should have been an eleven-day journey
ended up taking forty years as a result of murmuring and a wilderness mentality. When you find your-
self about to complain ask God to help you recognize what you can be thankful for, and choose to be
thankful on purpose.
Why should we be thankful? Psalm 100: 4 says “…. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name, For the
Lord is good; “(NKJV). The Bible tells us that as children of God we ought to be thankful and give thanks.
We must learn to live with a grateful heart, giving thanks to others and being thankful for the things God
has given us. Learn to count your blessings not your burdens.
There are many benefits associated with being thankful. Thankfulness brings peace (Philippians 4:6-
7 NKJV), deepens our faith (Psalms 136:1 NKJV), and brings contentment (1 Timothy 6:6-8 NKJV).
What steps are you going to take today to develop a thankful attitude? Keeping a journal where you
write ten things that you are thankful for at the end of each day will help to foster an attitude of gratitude.
Causing you to see the good in each day. Making time for others can also shed light on all the things you
have to be grateful for. Be intentional, choose to be thankful.