…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Give Thanks

In the summer of 1929, Winston Churchill made his second trip to Canada. Travelling across the country by rail from Quebec City to British Columbia, his developing love of Canada led him to write to his wife, Clementine, “Darling I am greatly attracted to this country. Immense developments are going forward. Never in my whole life have I been welcomed with so much genuine interest and admiration as throughout this vast country. I am profoundly touched; and I intend to devote my strength to interpreting Canada to our people and vice versa.”

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There is no doubt that we are called to live with an attitude of gratitude. Christians love to fill social media with reminders to express gratitude for every blessing we have in our lives. After all, we recognize the source of those blessings. The Bible tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. We are to be people of thanksgiving. In all things. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 puts it clearly: “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” On the surface this looks like another reminder to live a life of thanksgiving. But as we dig a little deeper, there is more to this. Paul is clear here – we are to give thanks in all circumstances. Now we are mature enough to recognize that not every circumstance in our lives is pleasant. We are still called to give thanks in those. Maybe it’s even more important to give thanks then because thanks in the midst of difficulties helps us overcome them as we keep our eyes on Jesus.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley