“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I was going through a rough patch in my life, and most assuredly we all have our rough patches, some big rough patches, others little ones, but all rough patches just the same. Right in the midst of my rough patch, I sensed the Lord giving me these words. This message. CHOOSING THANKSGIVING.
God didn’t want me to stop being thankful when the rough patch started up. And He didn’t want me to start being thankful again when the rough patch ended. He wanted me to be thankful right in the midst of the rough patch. He wanted me to CHOOSE THANKSGIVING.
THANKSGIVING is a choice, you know. It really is. We can CHOOSE TO BE THANKFUL right in the thick of our storms and battles. Right in the midst of our rough patches. Right in the middle of our trials and tribulations. We can CHOOSE THANKSGIVING. To be thankful to Jesus that HE IS LORD FOREVER, that HE DIED ON THE CROSS AND WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD so we can turn from our sins and put our faith in Him as Lord and be given forever life with Him.
We can be thankful God comforts us in our rough patches. We can be thankful for all of our blessings from food, shelter, and clothing to family and friends, to all the blessings God bestows upon us throughout our lives.
We can be thankful that we who follow Jesus are promised heaven where there will never ever be a rough patch. No tears, sickness, pain, death, violence, no darkness, nothing bad, not ever. We can be thankful that we who believe in Jesus as Lord have an intimate relationship with Him NOW and FOREVER.
We can be thankful for a sunny day, for a loving friend, for the smile of a child, for a sweet dog who snuggles up to us, for a job, for a good hot meal, for our next breath, for our health for those who are blessed with good health, for medical care for those who are struggling with sickness, for the telephone that allows us to be in touch with people we care about, for a yummy chocolate birthday cake, for laughter with friends, for the person who shared the Gospel with us, for a good Bible-believing church, and on and on – and on.
We can CHOOSE THANKSGIVING. I’m sad to say I have a long history of choosing complaining and negativity. Thanksgiving, despite my having a zillion reasons to be thankful, does not come naturally to me. But I can CHOOSE THANKSGIVING. I can CHOOSE to be THANKFUL TO THE LORD.
So can you, friend, yes you can. CHOOSE THANKSGIVING. Be THANKFUL TO GOD. Each and every day. Be THANKFUL for God the Father, Jesus the Son, for the Holy Spirit, for the Bible, and that through faith in Jesus and a life truly devoted to Jesus, you belong to Jesus forever!
I am thankful for you who are reading this message. May you remember each and every day to CHOOSE THANKSGIVING. Hallelujah, AMEN!