Thank You, Lord!
I don’t know about you, but I like to run errands with a long list in one hand and a pen in the other. I feel so accomplished as I complete tasks and am able to place a check mark next to them. In Ephesians 4, Paul gives us a laundry list of ways we are to walk now that we are in Christ:
I am thankful for the Holy Spirit, because I know I cannot complete that list in my own strength! How can one day go by where I don’t sin in anger, am not bitter, and no crude or corrupt (faithless, untrustworthy, inconstant) words depart from my mouth? Our help is found in Ephesians 5:20…”giving thanks always and for everything to God.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” It’s God’s will for us to remain thankful! Colossians 3:17 tells us that “whatever we do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” When we remain thankful for who God is and what He has accomplished in our lives, it gives little room for sin to creep in unnoticed.
How many minutes of the day do we express our thanks to God? Sure, we thank Him for our food or our warm bed, but we’re awake about sixteen hours a day! When we focus our hearts on the things we are thankful for, the list above doesn’t seem so daunting, does it? Let’s decide to give God thanks for at least five minutes today. Perhaps we can challenge ourselves each week to find more and more ways to be thankful. Now that’s a list I’d like to see!