There are three short verses in the fifth chapter of Thessalonians that leave me full of wonder: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Every time I read these verses, I wonder how it is possible to fully embrace their principles:
- I rejoice, but I must confess I do not “always” rejoice.
- I pray, but I do “cease.”
- I give “thanks,” but I have to be honest: There’s quite a few times I do not give thanks for “everything.”
When I read these verses yesterday, I gave a little more attention to “in everything give thanks.” It occurred to me that I have never given thanks to:
- Ben Franklin for the eyeglasses that sit atop my nose and help me to see.
- Thomas Edison for the light bulbs that brighten my house and my office.
- Henry Ford for his ingenuity in manufacturing the automobile.
- Sir Alexander Fleming and his life-saving discovery of penicillin.
Let me challenge you to join me in do something different today. Every time you have a negative thought, replace immediately by giving thanks for something in your life. Any inconvenience you experience today is to be used as a reminder to give thanks for something that makes your life easier.
By the end of the day, we might be giving thanks for more things, if not everything.