Words from the Heart for Saturday September 4th, 2021
Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ERV)
An article on the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association website says this: “Tons of research has been done on the psychological benefits of gratitude. Like any habit, developing a culture of gratitude takes practice. Daily journaling of good things that happened and things you are looking forward to is an excellent ritual. Charity work where you help those less fortunate than yourself helps you see things through a more grateful lens. Slowing down and consciously savoring good moments will help train your thoughts to be grateful.”
Life can sometimes be challenging. We have all experienced that over the past 18 months, some more than others. It is tempting to spend all of our time focused on the negative, on the challenging, on the problem. It is painfully obvious, however, that doing so only makes the situation bleaker, and more painful. What then can we do in the midst of times like this? The Bible gives a command that can seem as challenging as the situation in which we find ourselves. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we read, “Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.” Notice here that the command is to always be thankful, no matter what is happening around you. I read the story of a believer who had been imprisoned for his faith. He had memorized this verse, and decided he would look for something for which to be thankful, even in that prison cell. One day the only thing he found for which to be thankful was that the guard who brought his food wasn’t as nasty as usual. No matter what you are facing, be thankful. It will lift your thoughts to Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.