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James Grayston

Not everyone takes the time today to say a simple thank you. It is often the first thing that we think to say when we're happy with an outcome that we wanted. Or perhaps when we have been given help, whether that be a friend listening to us while we've shared a problem, or even as small a gesture as a stranger holding a door for us.

But what about all the times when things don't go our way? What about those days that sometimes seem to need a lot of extra effort just to get through them? It's easy to say thank you when things are alright, isn't it?

Do we say thank you when they aren't?

The Bible teaches us to be thankful for everything in our lives, the good and the bad. The Lord is capable of giving us anything and everything he sees fit to fulfil our daily needs. We need to know the difference between wanting and needing, once we understand the difference then we will be so much more thankful for all the things that we have in our lives, and more importantly, those things which we do not have.

When we complain, about anything, we cannot be thankful in our hearts, for it is impossible to be complaining and be thankful at the same time. Nor can we be truly thankful if we are worrying, whether that be about wealth, possessions, or any other thing.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6

Whenever you feel that your day, week or month isn't going as you had planned, remember still to thank the Lord, as your day, week or month is going to His plan just perfectly. Though it may not be clear at the same, and it seldom is, there will always be a reason for a troublesome day; a long day at work, a hard day at home, a falling out with a friend, a disagreement with a family member, maybe losing something or possibly even losing someone…the Lord understands the emotions we go through every day, and he wants us to realise that we are safe with Him, and to thank Him continually for this. He loves us, and gives us exactly what we need to live our lives for Him.

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as he have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

The Lord has made us the promise that he will never leave us, all he asks is that we love Him be thankful for what we have, and to share this with others. The next time you feel yourself getting down, stressed, worried or disappointed (though it not the immediate and easiest response) take a deep breath, close your eyes and thank the Lord for this moment, for it only a moment. Emotions come and go throughout the days and months, but the Lord will remain true forever.

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT