1 Thessalonians 5:18
… Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Paul summarizes thanksgiving very well in this passage in 1 Thessalonians. We will never find ourselves in a situation where thanks is not appropriate. It is an optimist’s perspective but even in the worst of circumstances we can find things to thank God for.
God wants us to thank Him in all circumstances. This is for His glory but it is also for our benefit. As we have seen in other devotions, giving thanks helps prevent anxiety. Thanksgiving will create a ripple effect and cause others to give thanks. And it will give us a more cheerful attitude as we reflect that all we have is a gift from God.
Giving thanks in all circumstances is difficult but it becomes easier the more we do it. When we have an “attitude of gratitude” it carries from day to day. The next day becomes easier to give thanks because we’re still remembering all of the things God did for us the day before.
So give it a try. You’re already thankful for many things, try being thankful for a bit more. Soon you’ll be able to find things to be thankful for in every circumstance. When this happens you’ll find yourself a blessing to God, a blessing to others, and you’ll find even more blessings in your own life.