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Being Thankful in Every Circumstance

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

Thankfulness is one of the most practical expressions of faith in our walk with the Lord. More than a positive mental attitude, it is recognition of God working in one’s live for their good and for His glory. No matter the circumstance – good or bad, we are called to be grateful and honor God. The challenge when things are difficult is to see them from God’s perspective and trust that He has our best interest at heart.

We don’t have to thank God for the challenge or pain, yet we begin by thanking God that He is in control and able to handle the problem. We rely on His character, power, and forethought to transcend the moment.

The Lord is always working to bring us into an intimate relationship. Thankfulness connects us with God’s activity so that we grow and are able to serve others. Gratitude gives us perspective from an eternal viewpoint in a temporal circumstance.

“Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give me thanks (regardless of your feelings), and I give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances). This is a spiritual act of obedience—at times, blind obedience. To people who don’t know Me intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Me for heart rendering hardships.

Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain.

Thankfulness opens your heart to My Presence and your mind to My thoughts. You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from My perspective. It is this Light of My Presence that removes the sting from adversity.”  –Anonymous

Bruce Witt

About the Author

Bruce is the President of Leadership Revolution, Inc. and also Managing Director at Global Alliance Compass. He is Married to Dana and has 2 sons, Robert (27) and Andrew (25). Bruce formed an international leadership development and consulting business working with leaders from over 50 countries. They equip business people in spiritual leadership and teambuilding through coaching, consulting, executive roundtables, and resource development. Bruce also developed an internationally accepted leadership development process partnering with many international ministries such as CBMCI, Walk Thru the Bible, Compass, FCA, Priority Associates, CBMC India, and Indonesia. He has facilitated consulting projects to reorganize and reposition numerous USA businesses for future growth and sustainability. http://www.leadershiprevolution.us/