An Attitude of Gratitude
By John Weaver
March 1, 2022
This should describe every believer that names the name of Christ:
"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18).
I know that it is easier to complain than to give thanks, but if we practice an attitude of gratitude, it will be a testimony that will show the world that we have something worth having.
Many situations in life are determined simply by our attitude. I used to think that people complain because they have troubles...but now I think that they have troubles because they complain.
Jesus told his disciples:
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Paul called the tribulation and afflictions that he suffered "light afflictions," even though we would probably consider them to be heavy. Remember that we can do ALL things through Christ. If we can be thankful and keep a positive and grateful attitude, then we are winners, regardless of our circumstances.
Some years ago, I heard of a tragic incident that moved me to the point that I went out of my way to visit the survivor. I will be forever glad that I did.
An Amish family had hired a van to take them somewhere, and a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed hit them in the side. There were injuries—maybe even fatalities. I am not sure.
What I do remember is that the young father was paralyzed from his neck down. He was a busy farmer and had a large family. In an instant, his life was turned upside down.
He chose to look for things to be thankful for. Many people went to encourage him, but came away blessed. I was one of them. Not one of his words were negative. He stressed that there is so much that he had to be thankful for. He was so grateful to have a sound mind that was not hurt in the accident.
I do not know how many years that man laid on his bed, helpless, depending on others for everything, and yet being grateful. Finally he was released from his crippled body, and given a new one.
Today Lord, I choose to live a life of thanksgiving. You are good, and Your mercy endures forever!
For that we thank You. AMEN.
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