Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5 v 18.

There’s no doubt that together we’ve all been through some really difficult times this last
couple of years. And those trials have a tendency to make us forget the blessings that we
already have.
Life is almost never perfect. Sure, there are patches where pretty much everything is going
well, but they never last long. There’s always something – a health issue, a financial issue,
a relationship issue … something. And if it’s not something out there, then it’s something
inside – low self-esteem, fear, envy … something.
Then drop a global pandemic on top of all that … hey, it’s easy to descend into a doom and
gloom that you simply can’t shake. Enter the power of God’s Word.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to
live in Christ Jesus.
“Whatever happens” doesn’t leave you any wriggle room. There’s no get out clause, no
exception. You and I, we can’t plead “Yes, but look at the horrible place where I live, look
at the terrible job I have, look at …” No, whatever happens, always be thankful.
Because your job is the envy of anybody who’s unemployed. The place where you live is
the envy of every homeless person. That one smile you managed to have yesterday is the
envy of everyone who’s depressed. Your health is the envy of every hospital patient. And
make no mistake, your lifestyle is the dream of so many other people on this planet.
Don’t let your difficult times make you forget the blessings that God has poured out on
you. A thankful heart has such amazing power to lift you out of the deepest, darkest hole.
So … whatever happens, always be thankful. Because that’s how God wants you to live in
Christ Jesus.