Be thankful. This refrain in vs. 15 is repeated over and over again in Paul’s writings. There must have been a good reason. Thankfulness is not only important for a person’s spiritual life, but for his physical welfare as well. Many doctors believe what the Scriptures have taught through the years – that a cheerful, thankful attitude of mind is beneficial for the body, and that worry, depression, and a complaining spirit are definitely harmful to one’s health. Usually we think of thankfulness as something that is determined by our immediate circumstances, but Paul here shows that it is a grace to be cultivated. We are responsible to be thankful. Of all peoples of the world, we have the most for which to give thanks. The fault is not in any lack of subject matter, but only in our selfish hearts. Our circumstances should not define our thankfulness.

What are you thankful for this week? If your thankfulness doesn’t start with your relationship with God, are we really living differently than the world?

PRAYER – Jesus, in this situation I have nothing to offer of my own ingenuity or strength; I need your wisdom and power as badly as I need the air that I breathe.  As I move forward may I do so in desperate dependence on You every second.  I joyfully and unreservedly confess that I am inadequate to answer Your call, in fact, I can do absolutely nothing without You.  I’m not able to handle this situation on my own and any good that results must come solely through You.  I simply ask You right now to flow through me, Lord Jesus, and cause me to stay out of Your way. In Your name, Amen