In every thing, give thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

My big word for 2018 is “thankful”. I’m hoping to cultivate a greater atmosphere of gratitude in my life. To awaken with fresh eyes to the many blessings all around me. Why? I guess because I am starting to really believe that the more I respond to God in every circumstance with thanksgiving, the happier, more peaceful, and more positive my whole life will be.

If I can have a True-Confessions-of-A-Real-Life-Christian moment with you right now, I have to admit that I used to think on some level that maybe God needed us to thank Him, as if He was praise-hungry and self-focused. Of course, this represents an incredible misunderstanding of who God is (for full rebuttal see: Jesus Christ). The truth is, God is focused, to the point of the greatest sacrifice, act of love, and self-humiliation, on us and what we need. The reality is that there is no limit to His steadfast love, affection, and devotion to His children. He came, and rescued us, not because He needed it but because we did.

Which brings me back to my original point – it is not He who needs my praise, it is I who needs to praise Him. Simply put, I’m the one that needs Him, in absolutely all things, including the fact that I need to tell Him how much I love him, how much I am thankful to Him to be His, to be with Him, and that He is with me. I resoundingly confess to this most fundamental of truths: I need Him. He is light itself (1 John 1:5), love itself (1 John 4:8), and fully my Sustainer (Psalm 54:4). When I profess my thankfulness to Him for who He is and what He has done for me, it meets a deep need in myself to turn my eyes in adoration toward the one who loves me so. I am authentically grateful, for I know that I hold the position of the one who has received all from the One who gave all.

Will you join me on this journey toward greater gratitude? To express thanksgiving in everything, because He is always good, always loving, always there with us? What are your New Year’s resolutions this year and how can we use them as an avenue to reflect His light, love, and provision in our lives?

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